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.
NEW YORK - Financial markets uneasily awaited a Senate vote on the government's proposed financial sector bailout Wednesday, with stock prices showing sharp fluctuations and credit markets still extremely tight. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 200 points in early trading, recovered to show a slim gain.
NEW YORK - For a long time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed to despise the very notion of changing a voter-approved law restricting elected officeholders to two terms in office.
DES MOINES, Iowa - An appeals court Wednesday ordered a Chicago police officer freed from prison in an Iowa assault case that has top brass back home defending one of their own.
NAMPA, Idaho - Rose Harn peers out at the world with one working eye, her arms curled tightly against her shriveled body. A rag under her chin catches her drool.
NEW YORK - The AIDS virus has been circulating among people for about 100 years, decades longer than scientists had thought, a new study suggests.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A former fugitive convicted of killing a state trooper and wounding two others in 2006 continues to make trouble as an inmate as his lawyers move forward with an appeal, officials said.
LAS VEGAS - A close friend of O.J. Simpson took the stand in his armed robbery and kidnapping trial Wednesday, and a prosecutor said he'll ask the witness about allegations he wanted to put out a murder contract on a former co-defendant.
BRYAN, Texas - The night five people were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant 25 years ago, a van sped out its parking lot, being driven by a white man and carrying three people wearing KFC uniforms, a witness testified Monday.
TULSA, Okla - A federal judge has denied Oklahoma's request for a preliminary injunction to stop 13 Arkansas poultry companies from disposing of bird waste in the Illinois River watershed.
LUSBY, Md. - A bruised and starving 7-year-old girl walking alone on a gravel road led investigators to an even grimmer discovery: remains in a basement freezer that her adoptive mother said were the youngster's sisters.
NEW YORK - The glittering, steel and glass domed rail hub had seemed for years to be the only thing that was going right at ground zero.
MISSOULA, Mont. - A judge ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner, a decision described as a first for Montana.
CHICAGO - Convicted political fixer Antoin ''Tony'' Rezko has been quietly visiting Chicago's federal courthouse, setting off speculation that he may be spilling secrets to prosecutors in return for a lenient sentence.
ATLANTA - The government approved a new genetic test for the flu virus Tuesday that will allow labs across the country to identify flu strains within four hours instead of four days.