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5 Western states shielding part of executions

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A San Francisco-based federal appeals court ruled in 2002 that every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses, from the moment the condemned enters into the death chamber to his final heartbeat.

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Small dairies go under as milk prices sink again

Posted: 05/23/2012 - The sale marked the end of the last dairy farm in Plainfield — a small town that once had several dozen — and the 14th dairy farm to go out of business in Vermont this year.

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Astrodome fades, crumbles as Houston decides fate

Posted: 05/23/2012 - After years on the sidelines, the Astrodome is in the spotlight again as the leader and staff of the agency that runs the facility are set Wednesday to make a recommendation on its future.

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Library of Congress taps 25 sounds for registry

Posted: 05/23/2012 - From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

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Report: More support needed for kinship caregivers

Posted: 05/23/2012 - As more of America's children are raised by relatives other than their parents, state and local governments need to do better in helping these families cope with an array of financial and emotional challenges

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King: Woman on diverted plane not on watchlists

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A US Airways passenger whose claim to have a surgically implanted device led to the diversion of a cross-Atlantic jet is not listed on terrorist watchlists or law enforcement databases.

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Moon chips from Vegas casino mogul sent to NASA

Posted: 05/23/2012 - It's been a long, strange trip for what appears to be several tiny chips of lunar rock that found their way into a casino mogul's hands after being collected by the first men on the moon.

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Regulators probe bank's role in Facebook IPO

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before Facebook stock started trading.

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Senator: Prostitution scandal wider than believed

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Several small groups of Secret Service employees separately visited clubs, bars and brothels in Colombia last month and engaged in reckless, "morally repugnant" behavior, Sen. Susan Collins says.

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Auction claims it's selling vial with Reagan blood

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A Channel Islands auction house says it's selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president's family and his foundation.

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CBO warns of US falling off 'fiscal cliff'

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A new government study released Tuesday says that allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire and a scheduled round of automatic spending cuts to take effect would probably throw the economy into a recession.

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2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

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Senate panel approves airline security fee hike

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A Democratic-controlled Senate panel Tuesday approved a $2.50 increase in airline security fees that would double the per-passenger fee for those taking nonstop flights.

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Auction claims it's selling vial with Reagan blood

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A Channel Islands auction house says it's selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president's family and his foundation.

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Michigan jury close to finish line in stabbings trial

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A prosecutor in Michigan is telling jurors that DNA evidence and the opinions of mental health experts are grounds for convicting an Israeli immigrant of murder in the first trial from a series of 2010 stabbings.

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Man in stable condition after Niagara Falls plunge

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A man who survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls was in stable condition Tuesday, a day after his apparent suicide attempt that led to a dramatic and painstaking rescue.

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Chicago police get high marks for NATO protests

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The sight of Chicago police raising billy clubs against demonstrators Sunday was the kind of image that has dogged the city's police force longer than most of those who clashed with protesters have been alive.

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Man arrested in case of missing California teen

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested Monday evening at a Safeway store in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a late Monday news conference.

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Obama's preference for talks with Iran faces test

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Wednesday's talks in Baghdad come at a critical juncture in the almost decade-long effort to persuade Iran's government to halt its enrichment of uranium and allow unfettered access to international inspectors.

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Houston museum unveils $85 million dinosaur hall

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Pups in her womb, a large eye visible behind the rib cage, one baby stuck in the birth canal: all fossilized evidence that this ancient marine beast, the Ichthyosaur, died in childbirth.

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