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.
BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - A new scarecrow of Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty" has appeared in the small north Georgia town of Ball Ground. But how it got there -- and who created it -- is a mystery.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say motorists are reporting more collisions with bears on roads and highways just north of Atlanta.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - All that's left of Doodles are his ashes, a clay impression of his paw and a whole lot of questions owner Patricia Cassidy has about his mysterious death.
ATLANTA (AP) - The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.
ATLANTA (AP) - Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Air Force officials tell The Associated Press that twice this year, officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door. That door is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering the officers' underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Commuters heading into downtown Athens Monday possibly noticed some demolition at the R.E.M. steeple, the famed location of the band's early practice and living space.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - After more than 160 years in Macon, the Georgia State Fair has moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.
BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Police in the north Georgia town of Ball Ground are offering $1,000 reward for the arrest of whoever stole a scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty."
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police in Nevada say the two people killed in a school shooting were a staff member and a student who was likely the attacker.
NASHVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed the convictions and prison sentence given to a south Georgia police officer who had been accused of soliciting sodomy from a 17-year-old boy.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - AT&T says a major upgrade in the works will boost the power of mobile devices on its network in Sanford Stadium in Athens.