SYDNEY (AP) - A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts.
ATLANTA (AP) - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing more than 300 points lower, its worst loss in two months.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks dropped Friday as the rout in oil continued and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Two police officers were shot in a gun battle Friday morning near the eastern edge of Atlanta, and a suspected gunman was being sought, police said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.
NEW YORK (AP) - A rally on the stock market fizzled toward the end of trading as the price of oil sank.
WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency Thursday from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspects with no security benefits to the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's another political victory for the popular potato.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers with credit records - 42.9 million people - have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing sharply slower as another plunge in the price of oil dragged down the energy sector.
BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard Business School instructor is battling a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him $4 on a takeout order.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Grappling with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms, President Barack Obama said Friday it's time for Americans to search their souls on race and look for ways to move forward after the shooting and trial in Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was a bad day for technology stocks Friday.
HATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Young people involved in a youth ministry program in the north Georgia mountains are recovering at their camp after a bus crashed on Fort Mountain, sending 17 people to hospitals with mostly minor injuries.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in two Cobb County jurisdictions say they've used federal grant money to install automatic license plate readers they use to scan and store hundreds of car tags in a database.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - A new outlet mall northwest of Atlanta is creating traffic gridlock on a nearby interstate.
ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say a pair of twin newborn Giant Panda cubs are gaining weight because they are nursing well with their mother.
LITHIA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.
ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has granted death row inmate Warren Lee Hill a temporary stay of execution, and attorneys for the state say they plan to appeal the injunction in the state Supreme Court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series bid Thursday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.
ATLANTA (AP) - The law enforcement branch of Atlanta's public transit agency is holding a job fair this weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.
ATLANTA (AP) - Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug.
ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June.
BOSTON (AP) - New studies suggest that noticing you are having memory or thinking problems could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association lists these 10 warning signs, plus advice on how to tell them from normal age-related changes: