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Durant takes charge, pushes Thunder to NBA finals

Posted: 06/07/2012 - For all the points, rebounds and assists that filled Kevin Durant's impressive stat line, it was a defensive play he made that fired up his coach and teammates.

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Opponents block Washington state gay marriage

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Washington's gay marriage law was blocked from taking effect Wednesday as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November.

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1 space shuttle already at museum, 2 more to go

Posted: 06/06/2012 - The space shuttle prototype Enterprise moved to its new home Wednesday, the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York.

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Mass. teen guilty in texting-while-driving fatal

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A Massachusetts teenager on Wednesday became the first person in the state to be convicted of causing a fatal traffic accident while texting, and a judge sentenced him to a year in jail.

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Ark. teen pleads guilty in sister's shooting death

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his older sister three times in the head as she slept at their rural Arkansas home pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in exchange for a 45-year prison term.

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Panetta: Drone attacks will continue in Pakistan

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the U.S. needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.

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Walker to mend political divide with brats, beer

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from becoming the nation's first governor to survive a recall election, wants to go about mending Wisconsin's political divide in an egalitarian way: over brats and beer.

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Jury selection resumes in Jerry Sandusky case

Posted: 06/06/2012 - The process of picking the last seven jurors for the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky stretched into its second day Wednesday.

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US warns of Syria action, seeks transition plan

Posted: 06/06/2012 - The Obama administration is warning Syria that U.N. sanctions may be near, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton heads Wednesday to Turkey to talk strategy with America's allies

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1940 NY census records are now searchable by name

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Americans are in for a cyber-surprise on Wednesday: They'll be able to plug family names into an online 1940 U.S. census and come up with details about the lives of New Yorkers.

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NJ Muslims file federal suit to stop NYPD spying

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Eight Muslims filed a federal lawsuit to force the New York Police Department to end its surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Silhouetted Venus reminder of solar system's size

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Filtering the sun's light to a minuscule fraction of its true power allowed sky-gazers around the world to watch a silhouetted Venus travel across Earth's closest star.

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Miss Pennsylvania USA claims pageant rigged

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A posting on Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin's Facebook page claims another contestant learned the names of the top 5 finishers on Sunday morning — hours before the show was broadcast.

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Calif. voters split on tax targeted by Big Tobacco

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A California initiative to raise the tax on tobacco products was losing early Wednesday but the vote was still too close to call because hundreds of thousands of ballots potentially remained uncounted.

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Calif. city's lawmakers ready bankruptcy plan

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A California city that has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation is preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing if officials are unable to broker a deal with the city's creditors.

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Calif. voters split on tax targeted by Big Tobacco

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A high-profile California cigarette tax initiative backed by cycling legend Lance Armstrong that once seemed like a sure thing teetered on the brink of defeat Wednesday.

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Ohio teen runner helps carry competitor to finish

Posted: 06/06/2012 - A western Ohio high school runner who helped a struggling competitor finish their race is being praised for her sportsmanship and trying to cope with the attention it has sparked.

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Sandusky jurors include Penn State senior, ex-prof

Posted: 06/06/2012 - Most of the men and women who may render a verdict in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case have been chosen, and their ranks reflect the strong role Penn State plays in its surrounding community.

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In Mass., individual mandate sparks little outcry

Posted: 06/06/2012 - in Massachusetts, the only state with a so-called individual mandate, the threat of a tax penalty has sparked little public outcry since the law was signed in 2006 by the governor, Mitt Romney.

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