BAGHDAD, Iraq - Exploiting GOP vulnerability in the Nov. 7 elections, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flexed his political muscle Tuesday and won U.S. agreement to lift military blockades on Sadr City and another Shiite enclave where an American soldier was abducted.
CHICAGO - In a small study with big implications, researchers found some of the strongest evidence yet that sudden infant death syndrome - a medical and sometimes legal mystery once known as crib death - may be caused by brain stem abnormalities.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue took a personal swipe at Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's in the candidates' second gubernatorial debate Sunday night questioning the Democrat's use of drugs and alcohol around his son.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue failed to disclose his 2004 purchase of more than 100 acres in Houston County, which ultimately masked an apparent conflict of interest when the state decided not to purchase an adjacent wildlife preserve, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - After a hastily arranged video conference with George Bush, Iraq's prime minister said Saturday that the U.S. president promised to move swiftly to turn over full control of the Iraqi army to the Baghdad government.
WASHINGTON - The economy has slowed to a snail's pace, growing in the just-finished quarter at the slowest rate in more than three years and stirring fresh debate about the country's financial health heading into the elections.
SHREVEPORT, La. - Shortly before he was executed in Florida this week for a series of killings in Gainesville, Danny Rolling handed his spiritual adviser a handwritten confession to a grisly triple murder 17 years ago in his home town of Shreveport.
WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about a torture technique known as ''water boarding'' when he said dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a ''no-brainer.''
DALLAS - Oil industry behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter earnings rose to $10.49 billion, the second-largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company. Its shares rose to a 52-week high.
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they're tough on illegal immigration.
WASHINGTON - The median price of a new home plunged in September by the largest amount in more than 35 years, even as the pace of sales rebounded for a second month.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian last April.
NEW YORK - The symptoms of Parkinson's disease that all but ended Michael J. Fox's acting career are making him a powerfully vulnerable campaign pitchman for five Democrats who support stem cell research.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and it's only October.
TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Neighbors and police officers have known for years that someone was setting a rash of fires in this small town, destroying buildings and sheds.
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.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.