ATLANTA (AP) - The candidates vying to lead Georgia's K-12 education agency split on a set of national academic standards being implemented in the state and tried to appeal to teachers during their first debate of the general election on Tuesday.
KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California's Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods.
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.
CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels.
NEW YORK (AP) - The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of a St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.
TURIN, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends praised the dirt-track racer as a "small-town boy" who loved his sport during the funeral for the 20-year-old driver who was killed by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out.
TLANTA (AP) - Officials at Atlanta's zoo are on giant panda birth watch.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top insurance regulator and two senior staffers accepted $100-per-head meals and, in one case, a round of golf last month funded by the industry they oversee, according to recent financial disclosures.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A DeKalb County man has been indicted in the 2012 crash that killed his teenage daughter and critically injured his 11-year-old daughter.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville, Miss., has been rescheduled for Oct. 7 in Oxford.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - After selling more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is now taking action to cut costs.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal drew a primary challenger on Tuesday for the 2014 governor's race.
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: "''Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs."
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that 23 State and Superior court law clerks are due a total of at least $4.3 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Barack Obama's health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable.
NEW YORK (AP) - Industrial and raw material companies powered the stock market higher Tuesday for a fourth straight day of gains.
ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for a Georgia inmate scheduled to be executed next week said Monday they have filed papers asking a federal appeals court for a delay until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that asbestos companies are not liable for illnesses suffered by household members of people who brought the carcinogenic fibers home with them.
ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a panel that will consider whether indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office.