WASHINGTON - Steve Paska waited two weeks for Washington's famously fickle cherry blossoms to emerge, then spent two hours searching for the perfect spot beneath the canopy of fluff. He lured his girlfriend there on the pretext of buying a painting of the blooms. Then he surprised her by dropping to one knee and proposing.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.
In April, the Heartbleed virus compromised the security of hundreds of websites, including Facebook, Google and YouTube. The breakdown in security forced users to change passwords and hope none of their sensitive information was stolen.
ATLANTA - Despite his various struggles over the last three years, Tim Lincecum always likes facing the Atlanta Braves.
NEW YORK - Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
LOS ANGELES - Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults.
PENSACOLA, Fla. - An apparent gas explosion all but destroyed a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, leaving three others missing and injuring more than 180 people inside the building, authorities said Thursday.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. - People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.
McALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.
When Christian Stanfield couldn't get officials at his Pennsylvania school to protect him, when even his mom expressed skepticism about the severity of the bullying, he turned to his iPad.
VILONIA, Ark. - Emergency officials were searching for survivors Monday in the debris left by a powerful tornado that killed at least 16 people in Arkansas and carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater.
INDIANAPOLIS - With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.
BOISE, Idaho - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
DORSET, Minn.- A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.
KUNMING, China - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.
DETROIT - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.
ATLANTA - The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta?