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NEW: Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

Posted: 02/28/2013 - CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) - Benedict XVI has become the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world.

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Smithfield recalls 38,000 pounds of sausage

Posted: 02/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.

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Armstrong lawyers: Justice Dept joining fraud suit

Posted: 02/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for Lance Armstrong say the Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the cyclist. The lawsuit alleges the former Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade and defrauded his long-time sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service.

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APNewsBreak: National park cuts detailed in memo

Posted: 02/22/2013 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Visitors to America's national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration.

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Suit seeks class action against Carnival in Miami

Posted: 02/21/2013 - MIAMI (AP) - A couple are hoping to obtain class-action status for a lawsuit they've filed against Carnival Cruise Lines following an engine-room fire that stranded a ship for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

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1st lawsuit already filed in cruise ship mishap

Posted: 02/15/2013 - MIAMI (AP) - The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.

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IRS warns of tax scams

Posted: 02/15/2013 - WASHINGTON - With plenty of Americans getting their tax documents in order this time of year the IRS is warning people, to beware of scams.

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Ex-LA cop believed barricaded in S. Calif. cabin

Christopher Dorner (MGN Online)

Updated: 02/12/2013 - BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a gunfight with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop began when state game wardens confronted him in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Glass shards prompt recall of Lean Cuisine ravioli

Posted: 02/12/2013 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska environmental regulators say Nestle Prepared Foods Co. has issued a recall of Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli after consumer reports that glass shards were found in the product.

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Funeral procession begins for slain ex-SEAL Kyle

Posted: 02/12/2013 - MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) - People are lining streets and highway overpasses in North Texas as the funeral procession for slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle begins its 200-mile journey to Austin.

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Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Posted: 02/11/2013 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.

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Senators seek deal on gun-sale background checks

Posted: 02/08/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A small, bipartisan group of senators is quietly trying to reach a compromise on expanding the requirement for background checks to cover nearly all gun purchases. A deal could give political momentum to one of the key elements of President Barack Obama's gun-control plan.

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Southern diet, fried foods, may raise stroke risk

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Deep-fried foods may be causing trouble in the Deep South. People whose diets are heavy on them and sugary drinks like sweet tea and soda were more likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds.

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Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

Posted: 02/06/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.

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Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

Posted: 02/05/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures.

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Official: Boy safe, abductor dead after standoff

Updated: 02/05/2013 - MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.

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Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion

Posted: 02/04/2013 - STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Former Navy SEAL and expert sniper Chris Kyle was devoted to helping his fellow veterans navigate life after active duty.

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Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey kills 2

Posted: 02/01/2013 - ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's prime minister says an outlawed Marxist group is responsible for a suicide bombing in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which killed the bomber and a Turkish security guard.

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Hostage standoff continues

Posted: 01/31/2013 - MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker say the man, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is volatile, has anti-government views and has threatened his neighbors at gunpoint. But a state lawmaker who met with authorities say Dykes has allowed authorities to lower the boy's medicine into the bunker.

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