WASHINGTON (AP) - A Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels and finger-fidget desktop magnets are among the toys that consumer advocates are warning about as the holiday buying season begins.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A government official says the Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce it will pursue a proposal to require backup power at cell towers to avoid a massive service loss like the one Superstorm Sandy wrought.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.
BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man is accused of plotting to open fire inside a movie theater during a screening of the new "Twilight" film.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is struggling to deal with the biggest flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence since last year's Arab Spring shook the foundations of American security strategy in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A newspaper report describes a photograph of a shirtless FBI agent in the case that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign abruptly as silly but not scandalous.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
NEW YORK (AP) - The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show following allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) - The number of dead from Guatemala's worst earthquake since 1976 has risen to 52. And the country's president says many of the 22 people still missing are also believed to be dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says an Iranian military plane fired upon, but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone aircraft a week ago in what a spokesman said was international airspace over the Persian Gulf.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Army private charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks is offering to plead guilty to some lesser offenses.