WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens."
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.
NEW YORK (AP) - The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.
UCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.
The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with "Gravity," ''American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" all receiving a heap of nominations.
SPENCER, Mass. (AP) - For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Steeped in Civil War history, the northern Virginia city of Alexandria is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A witness says the gunman in a school shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell was a student.
ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgians filed claims for an estimated $75 million in insured losses after temperatures in the region dropped well below freezing.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog - and it worked.
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says net tax collections in the month of December increased by about $64 million compared to December 2012.
WASHINGTON (AP) - White House-backed Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, but the bill's fate remained in doubt.
ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Jason Carter will report $1.3 million in contributions to his campaign for Georgia's governor, a sizeable haul in just over seven weeks and in a state where Republicans control every statewide elected office.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday called on a Supreme Court justice to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's another quirk in the Obama administration's new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Snapchat, the disappearing-message service popular with young people, has been quiet following a security breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of millions of its users.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license on Thursday to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?
A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.
ASHINGTON (AP) - "Just one more story, please?" ''I need a glass of water." ''Mom, I can't sleep!"
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty - once again - for millions of individuals and businesses.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A poker player who left a bag with $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi has given $10,000 to the honest cabbie who returned the money.