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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.
ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are barely higher at midday as investors look ahead to Apple's results later today and a meeting by the Federal Reserve on interest rates.
NEW YORK (AP) - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.
DALLAS (AP) - For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite crossed into record territory as U.S. stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Thursday, despite mixed earnings reports from General Motors, Procter & Gamble and others.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog says a security alarm at the Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved lower in early trading Thursday, sapped by gloomy manufacturing data from Europe, China and Japan.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he takes "full responsibility" for a counterterrorism operation that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has unanimously passed legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking.
NEW YORK (AP) - Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google helped set off a surge in technology stocks after it unveiled a low-cost wireless phone service.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.