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) - Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.
NEW YORK (AP) - The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose across the globe Friday, capping off a seesaw month for investors, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to the highest level since 2007.
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as state troopers led a suspect in a fatal police barracks ambush from his first court appearance following a seven-week manhunt.
NEW YORK (AP) - Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
NEW YORK (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.
WASHINGTON (AP) â Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after the Federal Reserve said it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are reminding drivers to look out for deer on the roads this fall.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday after a key index tracking consumer confidence jumped and several companies reported solid earnings. The energy sector and small-company stocks surged.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola.