HAVANA - Fidel Castro, ailing and 81, announced Tuesday he was resigning as Cuba's president, ending a half-century of autocratic rule which made him a communist icon and a relentless opponent of U.S. policy around the globe.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The theft of information linked to recent and potentially massive offshore petroleum discoveries was probably corporate espionage, Brazilian police said Tuesday.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A car bomb exploded near a police compound Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian and wounding four, a police official said. It was the third attack in Kandahar province in as many days.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is ruling out any changes in its Cuba policy - including lifting a five-decade trade embargo - after Fidel Castro's resignation, deriding his brother and heir apparent, Raul, as ''dictator lite.''
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his mountainside home Tuesday to continue his recovery from surgery to update a shunt that controls excess fluid on his brain, officials said.
NEW YORK - Oil futures shot higher Tuesday, closing above $100 for the first time as investors bet that crude prices will keep climbing despite evidence of plentiful supplies and falling demand. At the pump, gas prices rose further above $3 a gallon.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale University produces presidents and Supreme Court justices, but it's no match for a restaurant that produces lobster cassoulette.
Trent Charlton knew the risks when he borrowed $10,000 from his 401(k) and cut his retirement savings in half.
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton squared off in a scrappy Wisconsin primary and in laid-back Hawaii caucuses Tuesday, their struggle for the Democratic presidential nomination veering toward the negative.
DE PERE, Wis. - Top advisers to Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of plagiarism Monday, the latest effort by her campaign to undermine the Illinois senator's credibility. Obama shrugged off the criticism and noted Clinton has used his slogans, too.
NILES, Ohio - Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he doesn't think it's a big deal that he borrowed lines from his friend Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, although he probably should have given him credit.
WASHINGTON - Not so fast, Sen. McCain.
WASHINGTON - A Federal Communications Commission plan to help owners of rural television stations survive the transition to digital broadcasting is great for station owners, bad for cable companies and of questionable value to viewers, according to critics.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the military's attempt to shot down a wayward U.S. spy satellite as it falls toward Earth could happen as early as Wednesday night, but no final decision on timing has been made.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Megan Rapinoe strolled around taking selfies, occasionally sipping bubbly with her teammates and trying to balance the Women's World Cup championship trophy on her head.
LONDON (AP) - Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus - older, taller, stronger - who usually beat Serena.
CHICAGO - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.
ATLANTA - Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.
Georgia law requires all boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, to take a boating education course before operating a motorized vessel on the state's waters. This requirement is an effort to educate boaters and increase safety awareness. Persons needing to meet these requirements can take online courses or a classroom course offered by conservation officers at select locations around the state. For information about online courses, go to www.goboatgeorgia.com and click "Boating," then "Boater Education."
The business and banking community breathed a long sigh of relief as the regulatory order for Statesboro's Farmers and Merchants Bank was lifted by the FDIC.
For the second consecutive year, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are partnering for "Fill the Bus," an annual back-to-school supply drive. Fill the Bus allows citizens the opportunity to provide school supplies for children in need in the Bulloch County school system.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.
LONDON - Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.
HUY, Belgium - British rider Chris Froome took the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after finishing second behind Spanish veteran Joacquim Rodriguez in Monday's crash-marred third stage, as a second straight day of chaos caused around 20 riders to fall and several to quit.
Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said, "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."
When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s.