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Report: Fired nuke general misbehaved in Russia

Posted: 12/19/2013 - Investigators say the Air Force general fired in October as commander of the U.S. land-based nuclear missile force engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while in Russia, including heavy drinking and rudeness to his hosts.

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Ex-BP engineer convicted on 1 obstruction charge

Updated: 12/18/2013 - The first criminal trial produced by the Justice Department's sweeping probe of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended Wednesday with a jury convicting a drilling engineer of trying to obstruct investigators by deleting text messages from his cellular phone.

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Anti-politician protesters fill square in Rome

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Frustrated and angry, thousands of Italian students, jobless and tax-weary workers have moved their days-long protest against "useless politicians" to Rome.

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Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

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Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Sales are up 2 percent to $176.7 billion from Nov. 1 through Sunday, according to data provided to The Associated Press from store data tracker ShopperTrak.

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Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

Posted: 12/18/2013 - The Senate lined up Wednesday to give final congressional approval to legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

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NY search suspended for missing military drone

Posted: 12/18/2013 - New York National Guard officials say U.S. Navy divers have suspended their search for an unmanned military aircraft that crashed into Lake Ontario last month.

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Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

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2 winners in $636M Mega Millions drawing

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Lottery officials say winning ticket tickets have been sold in California and Georgia for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

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Gunman kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A suicidal gunman opened fire at a Reno hospital campus Tuesday, killing one person, wounding two others and sending police on a door-to-door search within the facility amid the chaos.

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NY financial firm announces $135m 9/11 settlement

Posted: 12/17/2013 - Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost two-thirds of its employees in the Sept. 11 attacks, revealed a $135 million settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers on Tuesday to a judge who said it will end the final airplane-focused case resulting from claims of wrongful death and personal injuries.

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Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds

Posted: 12/17/2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened his wallet in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine's future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor.

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NY WWII vet's lost medals returned to his family

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A Purple Heart medal and other military decorations awarded to a World War II veteran have been returned to his daughter after the items were found in an old desk drawer in a county office building in western New York.

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Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Delta flight slides off taxiway at Wis. airport

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A Delta Air Lines flight carrying 60 passengers slid off a taxiway in the snow after arriving at Wisconsin's Dane County Regional Airport. No one was hurt.

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Report: Marine shooter had suffered brain injury

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A military investigation has found that a Marine who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and a colleague before killing himself at the Quantico Marine Corps base should have received better psychological care.

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Family: Make Iran talks contingent on Levinson aid

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A lawyer for Robert Levinson's family says the Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran helping to find the missing CIA contractor.

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Oscar winner Joan Fontaine dies

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died Sunday. She was 96.

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NH man may get higher charge in double fatal crash

Posted: 12/15/2013 - A former Fortune 500 executive told police he was depressed and aiming to kill himself when he drove his full-size pick-up truck across a grassy highway median, went airborne and crushed to death a young Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.

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