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Brother of Randy Travis arrested on meth charge

Posted: 07/18/2013 - MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina say a brother of country singer Randy Travis was arrested after sheriff's deputies found a methamphetamine lab inside his home.

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Key arts panel approves Eisenhower Memorial design

Posted: 07/18/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has voted to grant general approval to architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

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Wal-Mart faceoff with DC fuels minimum wage debate

Posted: 07/16/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C., officials over the city's effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate: How far should cities go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers - and should larger companies be required to pay more?

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Boston bombing suspect wants additional lawyer

Posted: 07/16/2013 - BOSTON (AP) - The defense team for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has made another attempt to add a national death penalty expert to its roster.

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Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia

Posted: 07/15/2013 - BOSTON (AP) - New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

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Rallies, marches follow Zimmerman verdict

Posted: 07/15/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - Demonstrators from across the country are protesting a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considers whether to file criminal civil rights charges.

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Official: Snowden wants Russian asylum

Posted: 07/12/2013 - MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian parliament member who was among the figures meeting with Edward Snowden says the NSA leaker plans to seek asylum in Russia.

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Homeland Security secretary resigning

Posted: 07/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system.

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Republicans to tackle cuts in food stamp program

Posted: 07/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States.

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Senators try again to lower student loan rates

Posted: 07/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are back to the starting line in search of a compromise to reduce interest rates on student loans. Lawmakers were spooked by a $22 billion price tag that accompanied a potential deal.

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NTSB: 10 killed in Alaska plane crash

Posted: 07/08/2013 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.

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US economy adds 195K jobs, jobless rate 7.6 pct.

Posted: 07/05/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.

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Cleveland kidnapping suspect competent for trial

Posted: 07/03/2013 - CLEVELAND (AP) - The man charged with abducting three women and keeping them in his Cleveland home for about a decade has been found competent to stand trial.

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UPDATE: Morales heads home after diplomatic uproar

Posted: 07/03/2013 - LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) - A plane carrying Bolivia's president is continuing on to Bolivia after a refueling stop in the Canary Islands. But controversy continues to swirl around an earlier, unscheduled stop in Austria.

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US unemployment benefit applications fall to 343K

Posted: 07/03/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 last week, a sign that layoffs remain low and companies are adding a modest number of jobs.

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UPDATE: Egypt: Military tightens control ahead of deadline

Posted: 07/03/2013 - CAIRO (AP) - Staffers at Egypt's state TV say military officers are present in the newsroom at the influential broadcaster, monitoring its output, shortly ahead of the expiration of the army's deadline to the Islamist president.

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Ex-Elmo actor welcomes dismissal of 2 NY lawsuits

Posted: 07/02/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - Former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash says through a lawyer that he's pleased a New York judge has tossed out three lawsuits accusing him of sexually abusing teenage boys.

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