EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes.
Major U.S. stock indexes veered between small gains and losses in late-afternoon trading Friday. Investors were weighing new economic data and the latest corporate earnings news. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers.
BOSTON (AP) - A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a "kid" who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading Friday, a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 index notched a new high. Investors were digesting mixed data on U.S. manufacturing and the latest corporate earnings news. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as a slide in oil prices deepened.
NEW YORK (AP) - When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â" B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing with solid gains on Wall Street, breaking a three-day slump.
NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has apologized for not notifying his employer and viewers about two contributions totaling $50,000 that he made to the Clinton Foundation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts.
U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak. Investors sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and applauded a government report indicating that applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year low last week. Technology companies rose the most.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash, his attorney said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for black market procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training.
CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they've apprehended a man accused of pulling two children out of his vehicle after he crashed it and then leaving the kids at the scene of the wreck.
LONDON (AP) - For a hamburger that cost more than $300,000, you might expect fries and a shake too.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - At Atlanta-area man is charged with killing his grandfather and driving around with the body for days in a theft scheme.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won't name the father, a new Mississippi law - likely the first of its kind in the country - says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bird poop for beauty?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States - 160 billion last year - and keeps them on hand for up to a month.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Clarke County grand jury has indicted 16 University of Georgia students and four others who are accused of producing and distributing fake IDs.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia man who spent a night in jail after calling police on a McDonald's employee says he didn't know he was abusing the emergency communications system.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Aaron Murray said Thursday he's glad he has had three seasons to prepare for Georgia's tough first few games this season.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Student testing costs will rise despite the state's decision not to use a standardized exam being developed for use nationally under the Common Core academic standards, Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio man convicted of holding three women captive in his Cleveland house over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University officials say that six students have complained after seeing fliers around campus advertising a new student club known as the White Student Union.
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Mississippi woman and her three children ended up in west Georgia while on a road trip to find an actor from "The Walking Dead" television show.
ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters issued flash flood warnings for parts of north Georgia as a cluster of showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain.