NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Jackson, Mississippi, pastor has been elected the new president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the largest group of black Christians in the United States.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A private U.S. plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed into the ocean north of the Caribbean island Friday after a journey of more than 1,400 miles.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she will likely make a decision on whether to run for president around the beginning of 2015.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
NEW YORK (AP) - Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department plans a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Lea Thompson, "Duck Dynasty" diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip are making tracks for the new season of "Dancing With the Stars."
CHICAGO (AP) - They're often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they're still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today's youth are often more skeptical of the country's institutions than the young generations that preceded them.
BERLIN (AP) - Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade have agreed to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time, making an exception for a group of employees from NBC, the network televising the event.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market was mostly lower in midday trading after an industry group reported an unexpected slowdown in U.S. manufacturing last month.
ATLANTA (AP) - Actor Michael Douglas' comments about throat cancer have thrown a spotlight on cancer risks from a sexually spread virus.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will soon unveil its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hours before she killed her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother and tried to frame it on one of the slain children, Susan Hendricks gathered her family together to pray. She said she was worried about her older son, Matthew, because he seemed so down after several people forgot his birthday the day before.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close Friday when a Zumba fitness instructor was sentenced to 10 months in jail after telling the judge she was happy to have escaped her former life of crime.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Friday after the government reported that Americans cut back on spending last month for the first time in almost a year.
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a 38-year-old waitress as a homicide after her body was found on the side of a road in northeast Georgia.
ATLANTA (AP) - State officials building a new parking deck at the Georgia Capitol are designing special parking spaces for lawmakers to give them more room for their vehicles.
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in southeastern Georgia say a second man has been arrested in an attack that left a pet pig with 23 stab wounds.
AKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother told The Associated Press on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) - The debate over whether public financing should be used to help fund a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons was revived Thursday with a state watchdog group announcing an effort to place a ballot measure before city voters calling for a stop to public funds being used.
As Christy Everson was nearing age 40, she made a decision: She wanted to have a child, even though she was single and it meant doing it all alone. Her daughter, conceived via a sperm donor, is now 2 1/2 years old, and Everson hopes to have a second child.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service said Thursday that a suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama and similar to ricin-laced ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia President-elect Jere Morehead has announced a former UGA president has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the Terry College of Business.