NEW YORK - After many years of decline, the number of murders climbed this year in New York and many other major U.S. cities, reaching their highest levels in a decade in some places.
LYERLY - After her son Justin was killed serving in Iraq, a grieving Jan Johnson resolved to see the place where he died and to better understand why it happened.
ATLANTA - Nicknamed the hardest working man in show business, James Brown told friends he still wanted to perform on New Year's Eve in New York despite being ill and in the hospital. But his heart gave out before he could make it there.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Powerful storms damaged at least three dozen homes as heavy rain and strong wind swept across the Southeast on Monday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Backed by tanks, British soldiers raided a police station in the southern city of Basra on Monday, killing seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers from executing their prisoners, the British military said.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Day with a call for an end to violence around the world and urged people not to lose sight of their need for God in an age of technological marvels.
ATLANTA (AP) - Taxes could dominate the agenda in the upcoming legislative session.
JAKARTA, Indonesia gas- Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car in an early warning drill.
Note: This is the second in a six-part series previewing Georgia's upcoming legislative session, which starts Jan. 8.
DENVER - Denver's airport was operating at close to capacity Saturday after being snowed in for two days, but for many travelers jammed in its terminals it was not expected to be enough to rescue their hopes of joining their families for Christmas.
DENVER - Nearly 5,000 travelers who mistakenly thought they were beating the Christmas rush struggled to find a hotel room or faced another night on the hard floor at Denver's snowbound airport Thursday after a blizzard paralyzed the city.
Two of the world's busiest airports, in London and Denver, were socked with bad weather on Thursday, propelling a ripple that spread to airports around the world and stranded thousands of holiday travelers during the pre-Christmas travel crunch.
CHICAGO - The power to create ''perfect'' designer babies looms over the world of prenatal testing.
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines filed a reorganization plan Tuesday that calls for it to emerge from bankruptcy next spring as a standalone company worth as much as $12 billion, which would be more than the market value of the nation's two biggest carriers combined.
PORTLAND, Ore. - It starts with mumbling and stumbling. Then come violent shivers and then, paradoxically, a false sense of warmth that makes some people strip their clothes off. Eventually, they may curl into a fetal position as their muscles go rigid, their skin goes waxy, and the heart slows down, then stops.
WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.
WASHINGTON - The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.
WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.
WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?
MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.