NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said.
Major U.S. stock indexes surged in afternoon trading Monday, as investors cheered encouraging economic data and the latest batch of corporate deal news. Expectations that any increase in the Federal Reserve's key interest rate this year will be gradual also helped lift the market.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A firefight erupted Monday when two people in a car tried to ram a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade, killing at least one person, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Comedy Central has named Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia deer hunters can begin taking to the woods this weekend.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia residents who receive food stamps have been frustrated by problems in a statewide phone call-in system. They say it often blocks their attempts to apply for benefits or renew them.
BOSTON (AP) - Lawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party's establishment are lashing out at tea partyers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP's popularity plunging to record lows.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against a north Georgia county, claiming older employees were targeted during layoffs.
BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Cherokee County say a man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after 19 dogs and a cat were removed from his home.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state labor officials say the number of laid-off workers filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits was down by 3.4 percent in September.
ATLANTA (AP) - Just days before daredevil runners plan to dodge a stampede of bulls at a Georgia horse park, state agriculture officials approved last-minute permits paving the way for the event.
CHICAGO (AP) - New research shows U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. has informed employees that it will cut 800 positions in its mortgage business.
MIAMI (AP) - Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A western Ohio woman charged with petty theft for allegedly stealing $2.87 from a courthouse fountain says she is jobless and took the change to buy food.
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Georgia's request to keep the state's federal primary election in July of next year while it appeals his ruling setting the primary two months earlier.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Administrators at a high school north of Atlanta say two students are charged with public indecency after classmates say they performed a sex act in the cafeteria.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - It was a cold-hearted online post that a Florida sheriff said hastened the arrest of two girls, aged 12 and 14, in the bullying-suicide case of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick.