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Blast of Winter Weather Grips Parts of South

Posted: 01/09/2011 - A blast of winter weather gripped parts of the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain and causing hundreds of flight cancelations.

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Shooting Suspect Charged With Assassination Try

Updated: 01/09/2011 - Authorities on Sunday charged a 22-year-old man described as a pot-smoking loner with trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing others at a political event, revealing that he had scrawled on an envelope the words "my assassination" and "Giffords."

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Portuguese Model in Custody; Companion Castrated in NYC

Updated: 01/09/2011 - A male model who had recently been a contestant on a Portuguese reality TV show was taken into police custody hours after his companion, a celebrity Portuguese television journalist, was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel.

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Giffords Showing Positive Signs, According to Doctors

Updated: 01/09/2011 - Doctors treating wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords provided an optimistic update Sunday about her chances for survival, saying they are "very, very encouraged" by her ability to respond to simple commands along with their success in controlling her bleeding.

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House Suspends Vote on Health Care After AZ Shooting

Updated: 01/08/2011 - The House of Representatives is postponing a vote on repealing the recently enacted health care law because of the shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz. that killed a federal judge and wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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Sheriff: Suspicious Package at Giffords' HQ

Posted: 01/08/2011 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A loud noise rattled more than 100 people attending a candle light vigil on Saturday near the headquarters of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, where authorities were investigating a suspicious package hours after she was wounded in a shooting rampage in Tucson.

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Written Bomb Threat Halts Takeoff at Florida Airport

Posted: 01/08/2011 - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a plane about to take off from a South Florida airport was returned to the gate after a passenger found a bomb threat scribbled in a magazine.

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Arizona's Chief Federal Judge Among Shooting Victims

Updated: 01/08/2011 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Named Arizona's chief federal judge in 2006, U.S. District Judge John M. Roll won wide acclaim for a career as a respected jurist and leader who had pushed to beef up the court's strained bench to handle a growing number of border crime-related cases.

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Ex-Senator Dole Released from Hospital

Posted: 01/08/2011 - A spokeswoman for the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence says former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has been released from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

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Gates Heads to China With Hopes for Better Ties

Updated: 01/08/2011 - After a rocky year for U.S.-Chinese relations, Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads to China in hopes of strengthening relations with the rising military power and global competitor.

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Obama Says Economy Moving in Right Direction

Posted: 01/08/2011 - President Barack Obama sees a clear and encouraging trend on the economy, citing fresh reports showing private-sector job growth and lower unemployment.

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Portuguese TV Star Killed in NYC

Updated: 01/08/2011 - A celebrity Portuguese television journalist was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel, and his companion, a male model who had recently been a contestant on a Portuguese reality TV show, was in police custody Saturday.

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US Court Demands Wikileaks' Twitter Account Info

Updated: 01/08/2011 - U.S. investigators have gone to court to demand details about WikiLeaks' Twitter account, according to documents obtained Saturday — the first revelation about the criminal case Washington is trying to build against those who leaked classified U.S. documents.

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AZ Congresswoman In Surgery; Suspect in Custody

Updated: 01/08/2011 - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in the head and an aide killed Saturday when an assailant opened fire in an area where the lawmaker was meeting with constituents in Tucson. Police have a suspect in custody.

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Robert Dole Hospitalized

Posted: 01/08/2011 - A spokeswoman for the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence says former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has been readmitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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Third Package Ignites at Postal Facility

Posted: 01/07/2011 - A package addressed to the U.S. Homeland Security secretary ignited Friday at a postal facility, and authorities said it was similar to fiery parcels sent to Maryland officials a day earlier by someone complaining about the state's terrorism tip line.

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US Says Too Much Fluoride in Water

Updated: 01/07/2011 - Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth.

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House Takes First Step Toward Health Care Repeal

Updated: 01/08/2011 - House Republicans cleared a hurdle Friday in their first attempt to scrap President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul, yet it was little more than a symbolic swipe at the law.

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Sisters Who Share Kidney Released from Prison

Posted: 01/07/2011 - Two sisters whose life sentences were suspended on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other were released from a Mississippi prison on Friday after serving 16 years for an armed robbery.

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Unemployment Drops: 103K New Jobs In December

Updated: 01/07/2011 - The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.

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Lottery Jackpot Winner to Claim Winnings in Wash.

Posted: 01/07/2011 - The Washington winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot planned to discuss his windfall Thursday, while officials in Idaho waited for another lucky ticket-holder to come forward and claim half of the $380 million prize.

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Jackpot Winner Was 'Pale, Shaking' When He Won

Updated: 01/06/2011 - No, Carolyn, it's not a heart attack. It's a fortune. The man who bought one of two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery frightened his wife when he woke her Tuesday night to share the life-changing news.

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Police: Gunman Suspended Before School Shooting

Posted: 01/06/2011 - The 17-year-old gunman who opened fire at his Nebraska high school, killing an assistant principal, had been suspended from class and removed from the building hours earlier for driving on an athletic field, police said Thursday.

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