(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
NEW YORK - The nation's retailers delivered more evidence of a stumbling economy Thursday, as merchants reported their weakest January performance in nearly four decades, extending a malaise that has deepened since the holiday shopping season.
WASHINGTON - John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering campaign. ''I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,'' Romney told conservatives.
NEW ORLEANS - Democrat Barack Obama raised $7.2 million in less than 48 hours post Super Tuesday and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton collected $4 million, giving him a financial edge that's caused consternation within a Clinton campaign clamoring for attention-getting debates.
WASHINGTON - Conservatives are nearly resigned to seeing front-runner John McCain capture the Republican presidential nomination, but they are still debating whether to stay home in November or to try to influence his positions and choice of a running mate.
WASHINGTON - The Clinton campaign has complained about them. So has Mitt Romney. Plenty of voters have vented, too. Those sometimes nasty and annoying recorded political phone calls known as ''robo-calls'' can drive people nuts - and states are trying to crack down on them.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - When Sebastien Boucher stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border, agents who inspected his laptop said they found files containing child pornography.
MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of motorists were stranded in a massive traffic pileup on Thursday, frustrated air passengers were trying to reschedule their trips and dozens of schools were closed as the Midwest dug out from a major snowstorm.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis' seven-man crew is short on space experience, but that's on purpose. NASA wants to give as many rookie astronauts a shot at space before the shuttles are retired in less than three years.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After two months of delay, shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit Thursday with Europe's gift to the international space station, a $2 billion science lab named Columbus that spent years waiting to set sail.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - A teacher's husband charged into her fifth-grade classroom Thursday morning, then stabbed and shot her as students watched, police said. He later was found dead in his home after apparently shooting himself during a standoff with police.
TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co. will pay $671 million to settle claims it overcharged government health programs for four popular drugs and gave doctors fees and gifts to induce them to prescribe its drugs, U.S. prosecutors and company officials said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY - A couple and their dog stranded for 12 days when their truck got stuck in the snow survived by rationing what little food they had, starting the truck periodically for heat and then hiking through waist-deep snow for three days.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A white woman pleaded guilty to a hate crime and other charges Thursday in the kidnapping and torture of a black woman who authorities say was held captive for days last summer.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Washington is wielding a visa weapon against prominent Kenyans who have allegedly encouraged weeks of postelection bloodshed, threatening to bar politicians and businessmen from visiting the U.S., America's ambassador said Thursday.
Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation's leading rusher.
The main question for the NFL's weekend of wild-card games is who will advance, of course. The next big query: Who do you trust?
SAVANNAH - When Hollywood films a hit movie or TV show in Georgia, hardcore fans can bring in millions of tourism dollars when they come to get a firsthand look at the places they've seen on the screen.
In sports when a player isn't working, the coach takes him out. We need to do the same thing in our lives.
Anyone writing critically about the Bible - scriptures revered and followed by millions of believers worldwide - would do well to brace himself or herself for pushback from those believers, as well as scholars who view the Bible as God's word.
WASHINGTON - Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."
CREVE COEUR, Mo. - Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.
WASHINGTON - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday.
After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.
Couples tend to marry someone close to their age - at least initially. But of those who remarry, men seem drawn to younger women, while women tend to marry older men, a Pew Research Study says.
One of the best things about sports - at least for those who enjoy more than just one particular sport - is that the pages on the calendar can turn without the fun and games ever coming to an end.
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State
She says her husband has a bright, shiny new car. It's a beauty. She's happy for him. She's not saying she wants his new car and wishes it were hers. No, it's not about coveting his incredible new machine. She wants to be that incredible machine. Here's why.
By going to a religious service, you're making yourself happier.