5-year-old boy found dead in upstate New York wasn't abducted, police say
A caretaker's initial report that a 5-year-old boy was abducted from an Albany-area home before being found dead nearby hours later was false, New York police said Friday.
Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states; California, Texas post big job gains
Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.
Appeals court finds Texas 'stand your ground' conviction result of unfair trial
A Texas appeals court says a 49-year-old man who was convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.
6-year-old boy dies in car crash that killed 3 others outside California church
A 6-year-old boy whose mother was killed when a motorist ran a red light and slammed into a crowd outside a California church has also died from his injuries, authorities said Friday.
Parents of shooting suspect James Holmes' plead against death penalty
The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.
Officer kills mountain lion not spotted in Kentucky since before Civil War
A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer reportedly shot and killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon County farm this week, marking the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in the state since before the Civil War.
3.2 quake recorded in Oregon; Salem dispatcher says callers report it was felt but no damage
A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon.
US stocks open mostly higher as the market comes off a huge two-day rally; CarMax surges
Stocks are opening mostly higher in the U.S. as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.
Parents of theater shooting suspect James Holmes plead for him to be spared death penalty
Black market kidney broker released from prison, avoids deportation to Israel
The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison.
Egyptian authorities crack down on gays, seeking to show 'morals' credentials, activists say
Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse.
Putin vows to continue Russia's ambitious military modernization plan despite economic woes
President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.
Athletics Kenya: Number of Kenyan athletes caught doping nowhere near those in Russia, China
The head of Kenya's athletics federation says the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.
Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israeli in first attack since September
The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in the first such attack since September.
77 militants killed in Pakistan after school massacre
Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people -- most of them children -- in a school massacre.
Hungarian official says plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, is 'dead'
A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back to life." In October, the government said an Internet tax was needed to complement a levy on phone calls because people were increasingly using the Internet for telecommunications.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro silent amid historic thaw in Cuba-US relations
Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.
Court gives suspended sentences to 4 for financing Somali militants; Finland's 1st terror case
In Finland's first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia The Helsinki District Court said Friday the defendants collected a total of 3,200 euros ($3,900) to fund terrorist activities by the al-Shabab group in 2008-2011.
Kenya president signs new security law which critics say infringes on civil liberties
Kenya's president signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.
CERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistan as associate member in research efforts
The world's top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member.