The Federal Bureau of Investigation considered creating an alert system seven years ago to tip off agents to multiple gun purchases like those made by the Orlando, Fla., nightclub gunman, but abandoned the idea over legal concerns, according to multiple officials.
Nearly every day somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes is flying low, ordered to half-staff in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect.
A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago.
Puerto Rico faced a historic default Friday as the U.S. territory prepared to enter unchartered waters under the guidance of a newly enacted federal control board to oversee the island's finances amid a dire economic crisis.
An official survey of Chinese manufacturing shows that activity was flat last month, signaling further weakness in the world's No.
When Cristiano Ronaldo failed to deliver, it fell to an 18-year-old newcomer starting his first game to help Portugal reach the semifinals of the European Championship.
Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years.
An attorney said he's "not at all concerned" that a federal judge didn't hand down rulings by the close of business Thursday in two challenges to a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to gay marriage.
A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
A judge has upheld a decision to fire a white Rhode Island police sergeant who made racially offensive remarks about a black officer.
A DC Court rejects challenges from Massachusetts and Montana to the popular new law that allows regular people to invest in private companies.
The Latest on the annual Essence Festival held over the July 4th holiday in New Orleans (all times local): 5:25 p.m.
Highlights of the yearlong plan to end the ban on transgender people serving in the military and allow transgender people to enlist and those already serving to change their gender identity: — Effective Thursday, no otherwise qualified service member can be forced out of the military or denied reenlistment.
The mother of a woman whose overdose death in New York City spurred a rescue attempt by three people arrested with a cache of weapons near the Holland Tunnel says the suspects are heroes for trying to help.
Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a shootout in the European Championship quarterfinals on Thursday following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
A Florida man who kept playing videogames after pinning his 6-year-old son to the couch on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to killing the boy.
A blue whale entangled in crab pot line has remained out of sight since rescuers off the Southern California coast unsuccessfully tried to free the giant mammal earlier this week.
Authorities on Thursday raided several properties owned by former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez as part of an investigation into possible illegal enrichment during her time in office.
The Latest on the man at the center of the "Serial" podcast being granted a new trial (all times local): 5:30 p.m.
Authorities say they now have arrested 10 people in connection with attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, most of them charged with providing help and shelter to the jihadists.
Maryland police have charged a man in a shooting that left three people dead and two injured.
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Hershey says it rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world's best known cookies and chocolates under one company.
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The Latest on charges filed in a 13-year-old's shooting death (all times local): 4:30 p.m.
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A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia will be returned to Boston from Florida to face charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner.
A Minnesota woman is accused of hiding a machete her boyfriend allegedly used to decapitate a man she said raped her.
The Mexican government has started airlifting food to the southern state of Oaxaca, which is largely cut off to commercial traffic by protesting teachers.
A Maryland man who convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend in a case that received international attention when it was featured on the popular podcast "Serial" was granted a new trial Thursday.
New York police have charged an 80-year-old man with animal cruelty after he gained fame riding horses around the country, saying he was a cowboy helping hungry children.
After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore.
Authorities in New York City have cracked down on an internet gambling ring they say took in nearly a billion dollars in illegal wagers on pro football.
A 117-year-old woman in Mexico City finally received her birth certificate, and died a few hours later.
The United Nations General Assembly has approved a deal that will give a Security Council seat to Italy in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018.
A former principal who is now personnel director for schools in Alabama's most populous county was arrested Thursday on charges of having sex with students in two counties.
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The Latest on the arrest of former Vice President Al Gore's daughter during a protest of a Boston pipeline (all times local): 4:20 p.m.
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the United Kingdom to continue showing compassion and generosity toward strangers in need despite the results of Thursday's national referendum, in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union.
A government official in the north Indian state of Rajasthan resigned Thursday after published photos of her taking a selfie with an alleged rape victim sparked outrage.