SAN FRANCISCO - In the Tenderloin, corner stores sell more alcohol than food, drug-addled pan handlers shake paper cups at passers-by and churches vie for real estate with strip clubs.
NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A semitrailer clipped the back of a bus overloaded with members of an Amish church group Thursday, flipping the bus onto its side and sending 14 people to the hospital, including several children, authorities said.
ATLANTA - One in four teen girls have rolled up their sleeves for the relatively new vaccine against cervical cancer, federal health officials said Thursday.
With the economy in a slide and the credit markets seized up, states are slashing budgets, eliminating jobs, putting major construction projects on hold and nervously waiting to see whether their shriveled pension funds recover.
NEW YORK - Stocks plunged in the final hour of trading Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 675 points, or more than 7 percent, to its lowest level in five years after a major credit ratings agency said it was considering cutting its rating on General Motors Corp.
AUSTIN, Texas - Facing a free-speech uproar, the University of Texas backed down Thursday from punishing two students who refused to remove political signs from their dormitory window.
OMAHA, Neb. - An Iowa teenager who was abandoned at an Omaha hospital under Nebraska's safe-haven law is back home, in part because the grandparents who dropped her off soon changed their minds, a county official said Thursday.
LAS VEGAS - A jury began deliberating Friday whether O.J. Simpson and his co-defendant robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a casino hotel room.
NEW YORK - In an abrupt change of course, Wachovia Corp. said Friday it agreed to be acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal, wiping out Wachovia's previous plan to sell its banking operations to rival suitor Citigroup Inc.
PHILADELPHIA - A suburban Philadelphia landlord secretly videotaped 34 female tenants over two decades after hiding cameras in their apartments, authorities said Friday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A tractor-trailer and a state van carrying applicants for prison jobs crashed Friday on a rural highway, and authorities said all seven people believed to be riding in the van died in the fiery wreck.
AUSTIN, Texas - A 7-year-old Texas boy found dead hanging from a hook in a school bathroom in February may have been playing a game called ''run and jump'', according to a police report.
Windmills don't just sprout from the earth wherever there's a stiff breeze.
WASHINGTON - With the economy on the brink and elections looming, Congress approved an unprecedented $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday and sent it to President Bush for his certain signature.
LAS VEGAS - The jury in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery and kidnapping trial began hearing instructions on the legal elements of the case Thursday after a judge settled disputes about their wording, and closing arguments were scheduled to follow.