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.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are mixed in early trading following big merger news.
NEW YORK (AP) - H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks ended lower for a second straight day, dragged down by utility companies.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is down slightly in early trading, extending the small losses from the day before.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."
LONDON (AP) - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.
PARIS (AP) - A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the region, France's president warned that no survivors were expected.
PHOENIX (AP) - The NFL will not block any games from local television during the 2015 season.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Lest there be any doubts that Sen. Ted Cruz will be aggressively courting cultural conservatives, look at where the Republican chose to begin his 2016 presidential campaign Monday: the flagship campus of the nation's largest Christian university.
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi sheriff said Friday that a black man found hanging from a tree did not appear to have stepped off of anything before he died.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A woman advertising baby clothes on Craigslist lured a pregnant stranger to her Colorado home and then stabbed her in the belly and took out her unborn child, police say.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market drifted lower in Thursday trading, giving up some of its gains from the day before. Another plunge in oil prices yanked Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other energy companies down.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The president of Penn State University says a fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women is both sad and "very offensive."