WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.
NEW YORK (AP) - Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted knife wounds Tuesday in the woods, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed suburban Philadelphia schools and left people on edge.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Market participants were transfixed Tuesday by a stunning slide in the Russian ruble that presented President Vladimir Putin with one of the biggest challenges of his 15-year rule.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from collective memory.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Annmarie Chiarini's long-distance boyfriend was goading her to pose nude. The pictures would be for his eyes only, Chiarini recalls him saying, because she was so beautiful and because he missed her so much. He promised, she said, they would be stored on a compact disc and hidden in his drawer.
BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at 84 for his murderous reign over the city's underworld in the 1970s and '80s, accepting his punishment with stone-faced silence even as a judge castigated him for his "almost unfathomable" depravity.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor delayed the execution of a condemned child killer to consider the inmate's unprecedented organ donation request, acknowledging that it's "uncharted territory" but expressing hope that the man might help save a life before losing his own.
ATLANTA (AP) - It's a cold morning in North Georgia.
ATLANTA (AP) - New phones issued in metro Atlanta will no longer come with the 404 and 678 area codes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via's mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall.
ATLANTA (AP) - A freeze warning has been issued for most of central and northern Georgia as arctic air approaches the region.
LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 2-year-old girl was severely burned when gasoline sparked a fire on a slide where she and her sister were playing.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say an east Georgia man was killed when a tree fell on the tractor he was driving.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a Georgia woman charged with bribing a Mississippi school superintendent in a district that spent $1.4 million to use her reading program for children, according to court records.
ATLANTA (AP) - Before her burned, emaciated body was found in a trash bin, Georgia's child protection agency dismissed a report that the child had been beaten with a belt without sending caseworkers to interview her, examine her injuries or question her parents.
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) - When it comes to pairing beer with poultry, Joe Morette isn't too fussy. His turkeys will drink just about anything.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Folk trio The Avett Brothers, country star Vince Gill and bluesman Robert Cray are among the headliners scheduled to perform next spring as the Savannah Music Festival celebrates its 25th year.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, said Thursday that he plans to run for governor of Georgia next year, energizing Democrats coming off a 2010 election in which the GOP claimed every statewide office.
ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's administration won approval Wednesday to invest $45 million in water projects, including three reservoirs it contends could send more water downstream to Alabama and Florida, states that say metro Atlanta uses too much.