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Crews in helicopters, airplanes and on foot are searching woods in south Georgia for a hot air balloon pilot who's missing after his balloon was engulfed by a thunderstorm.

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer This is a different kind of one and done.

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer So much for the little guys.

Apple is finally putting its pile of cash to work, introducing a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share and starting a $10 billion share buyback program.

It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

A motorcycle gunman opened fire Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two small sons and one other child, the prosecutor's office said.

A Massachusetts mother has been charged with attempted murder after firefighters responding to a blaze at her apartment found her two young children with their throats slashed.

Crews are planning to resume searching woods in south Georgia for the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in a weekend thunderstorm.

Apple Inc. said it will announce the outcome of its internal discussion concerning its enormous cash balance on Monday morning.

John Henson proved he was healthy again, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots in his return from a wrist injury that seemed perfectly timed for North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four.

Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win Sunday in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, trouncing chief rival Rick Santorum on the Caribbean island even as the two rivals looked ahead to more competitive contests...

New Yorkers can save some big money if they are needing to buy a new refrigerator or washing machine.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday it will buy Netherlands-based TNT Express NV for $6.77 billion (â?¬5.16 billion) in a cash deal that will create a company with annual sales of â?¬60 billion.

Mitt Romney's increasingly confident campaign is intensifying calls - publicly and privately - for his Republican opponents to concede defeat in the presidential nomination battle, even before Illinois voters have their...

An Ohio school district that lost track of a special-needs home-schooled girl who later died from neglect blames the slip on human error.

Crews in helicopters, airplanes and on foot resumed their search of woods Monday in south Georgia for a hot air balloon pilot who disappeared after his balloon was engulfed by a thunderstorm and sucked into the clouds.

Mitt Romney may lead in delegates and Rick Santorum might have momentum, but neither of the two leading Republican presidential candidates is having an easy time exciting even his own voters.

The buildings department says the three-story house in New York City where a third floor collapsed during a party was issued five violations in 2004.

Evacuated residents of the small Colorado town of Eckley have been allowed to return home after firefighters contained most of a wildfire on the state's northeastern plains.

David Cook, the Glens Falls man charged with physically and sexually abusing a 7-week-old baby girl is scheduled to be arraigned in Warren County Court Monday morning.

Five people are safe after they were rescued by Colorado park rangers when their boat sank in Union Reservoir near Longmont.

Rare gunbattles between security forces and rebels broke out Monday in an upscale Damascus neighborhood where embassies are located and senior officials live, one of the most serious confrontations in the tightly controlled...

A retired police officer on Monday accused the News of the World tabloid of endangering a murder investigation by hiring ex-special forces soldiers to follow a police surveillance team.

ALBANY - Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a bill mandating any criminal convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime be required to submit a DNA sample. Law enforcement officials believe

A central New York resort is opening its golf courses three weeks earlier than usual, thanks to the winter's limited snowfall and mild temperatures.

New York Democrats are preparing to officially back U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election.

The New York State Police Thruway detail had a busy weekend making drug busts in the Albany area.

A Berkshire County teenager is facing charges after allegedly stealing a school bus and taking it for a joyride around the region.

The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Christian groups that challenged a discrimination policy at California state universities.

The parents of an American shot to death in Yemen say he went there in 2009 to learn Arabic, not to proselytize, and became passionate about teaching business skills to Yemenis.

The International Space Station should be getting its first commercial cargo shipment in early May.

The New York Mets owners and a trustee for Bernard Madoff's fraud victims settled Monday for $162 million in a case aimed at undoing the damage from a massive investment scheme.

College students around Florida are rallying to demand the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals from two states objecting to federal court-ordered delays for death row inmates claiming serious mental health issues.

The last straw for 17-year-old Alton Burke was a note left on his door. The high school dropout picked up the phone and re-enrolled at South Hagerstown High.

The Supreme Court has turned down Louisiana's bid to recover the congressional seat taken from the state as a result of the 2010 Census.

A Utah man injured in a car crash as he planned to propose marriage to his girlfriend has died.

Police in Albany say they have arrested a woman after she allegedly threw bleach at her ex-boyfriend while he was holding his 2-year-old daughter in his arms.

A suburban Philadelphia man will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and murdering a 9-year-old girl in the basement of the apartment complex where they both lived.

A federal appeals court has upheld a law requiring new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.

Should babies conceived through artificial insemination after a father's death get his Social Security survivor benefits?

A French police official says the same gun was used to kill four people at a Jewish school and three paratroopers last week.

Albany police arrested three people early Sunday morning after officers struggled to get into a home where they allegedly discovered the residents were serving alcohol to minors at a house party.

Peyton Manning is negotiating to join the Denver Broncos, ESPN reported Monday.

A guest at a riverside family campground in eastern Missouri stumbled across the bodies of a mother and her three daughters who had been shot to death in what authorities suspect was a murder-suicide, the resort owner said...

Authorities in Northern California say a 100-foot-tall tree fell onto a house and killed an 8-year-old girl who was sleeping inside.

Sixty-four bison from Yellowstone National Park are set to arrive on northeast Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation under a long-stalled initiative to repopulate parts of the West with the iconic animals.

A Seattle defense attorney has arrived at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and is meeting with an Army staff sergeant who is suspected of carrying out a deadly nighttime attack on two Afghan villages.

A number of special interest groups are lobbying New York lawmakers at the Capitol as part of their "putting people first" campaign.

The Supreme Court has indicated it could throw out an $18 million penalty against a natural gas company convicted of an environmental violation in Rhode Island.

The Coast Guard's final report on a fatal 2010 helicopter crash finds that lack of communication in the aircraft and a failure by the pilot and co-pilot to properly perform their duties contributed to the crash.

Lawyers for two priests accused of raping boys in the mid-1990s plan to attack the victims' motives when the landmark trial starts next week in Philadelphia.

Here's a tag team for the ages: Richard Nixon, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama.

A reputed mobster carried out a hit on an off-duty New York Police Department officer who made the mistake of marrying the ex-wife of a vengeful acting mob boss, a prosecutor said Monday in opening statements at a Brooklyn...

A reputed mobster has gone on trial in New York on charges he had a hand in six slayings during the 1990s.

State governments lack transparency and accountability to citizens and remain at high risk for corruption, according to a new study of all 50 statehouses. The state doing the best? New Jersey.

A hot-air balloon pilot found a safe spot for his skydiving passengers to bail out just before a thunderstorm sucked in his craft and sent him plummeting to his death.

San Francisco's sheriff has been sentenced to three years' probation and must undergo a domestic violence program for a New Year's Eve dispute with his wife.

Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don't expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a...

Study-abroad enrollment at Temple University's campus in Tokyo is rebounding from dips seen in the year after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

A storm-weakened tree crashed down on a house, killing a sleeping 8-year-old girl, as an unusually fierce winter storm blew through California over the weekend, leaving thousands without power Monday after dumping...

Dena Potter, who has covered public safety and state government for The Associated Press in Virginia, has been named news editor for the news cooperative in Virginia and West Virginia.

New York gets a grade of "D" and is ranked 36th in a national study of states that lack government transparency and accountability.

A new study shows New York has made among the nation's biggest gains in graduating high school students.

A Troy woman was arrested on Friday afternoon after police say she was observed trying to steal merchandise from Walmart.

Investors who lost billions in a massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by convicted former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford have won a legal victory as a federal appeals court is letting their class action lawsuits go forward...

Peyton Manning wants to play for the Denver Broncos in Act II of his outstanding career.

Think of a casino and what comes to mind: dark, low-ceilinged, warehouse-like aisles of slot machines and card tables, bathed in cigarette smoke.

Police dogs and a SWAT team are searching for a suspect who shot three people at a home in Lacey, about 60 miles south of Seattle.

The trustee recovering money for investors swindled by Bernard Madoff may need a perfect pitch to a jury Monday to force the New York Mets owners to pay up to $303 million to repay victims cheated of billions of dollars...

A father lost his job at a medical device company that is facing a new tax. A young woman got back on her parents' insurance and was able to get surgery for an injury that could have hobbled her. A part-time sales woman...

An increasingly confident Mitt Romney called President Barack Obama an "economic lightweight" Monday as the Republican presidential candidate looked beyond Tuesday's Illinois primary to a general election showdown with...

A judge declared a mistrial Monday in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination trial after the jury deadlocked, leaving an unresolved finale to a two-week trial that focused on the behind-the-scenes intrigue and...

A Bronx man was sentenced to State Prison for using counterfeit cash at Crossgates Malls last year.

College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the arrest of a white neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month, though authorities may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to...

Storms are expected to sweep through the middle of the country over the next several days, bringing heavy rain and the threat of hail and tornadoes.

Investigators say a weekend house fire that killed a man and his three young sons in far eastern Ohio was intentionally set.

A task force led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York city schools chancellor Joel Klein warns the nation's security is at risk if America's schools don't improve.

An unsealed report says medical care is so poor at an Idaho prison that it amounts to neglect and cruel and unusual punishment.

Occupy Wall Street activists are calling for supporters to skip work on May 1 to protest what they are calling police brutality during 73 arrests in New York during the weekend.

A federal mediator is calling what could be a last-ditch mediation session in hopes of avoiding a strike by Vermont teachers in a school district in Rutland and Addison counties.

State Police arrested two store workers after conducting an underage drinking initiative in Saratoga County over the weekend.

They are lined up in the freezing rain, waiting patiently, stubbornly. All night. All for a few pairs of shoes.

A federal judge has handed another victory to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that is resisting the state's efforts to close the reactor.

The state Department of Correctional Services says a corrections officer has died of natural causes in a Dutchess County prison.

Gas prices in Massachusetts have gone up two cents this week after a two-cent drop last week.

Democrats have officially nominated U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election.

A white supremacist in northern Idaho wants to be the next Bonner County sheriff, saying federal overreach motivated him to run for the office.

When a nationally influential evangelical leader gathered dozens of pastors at his home church to hear from a presidential candidate, he had a simple message: Rick Santorum is one of us, and your parishioners should vote for...

The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings.

Government attorneys say a cache of American Indian artifacts seized during raids on a Custer-themed museum includes items allegedly stolen from members of the Crow Tribe.

A 400-pound gorilla that escaped from its cage at an upstate New York zoo and bit a zookeeper has been captured in a zookeepers' lounge and has been tranquilized.

An Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghans was cited for possessing alcohol on the beach in Florida 14 years ago.

The New York Police Department stepped up security at synagogues and other sites on Monday after a deadly attack on a Jewish school in France.

A federal judge says a Las Vegas developer must keep fighting in tribal court as he tries to retain his contractual rights to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

What Would Steve Have Done? It's a question that Apple CEO Tim Cook can't escape. From the naming of the new iPad to his choice of clothing at public events, company-watchers parse Cook's every move, looking for...

His confidence surging, Mitt Romney pointedly ignored his Republican rivals on the eve of Tuesday's high-stakes primary election in Illinois and turned his fire instead on the Democrat he hopes to oust in the fall.

Federal prosecutors are trying to freeze the assets of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend to cover any fine she may be ordered to pay when she is sentenced for helping Bulger evade authorities for 16 years.

The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims' families and says she too wants to know what happened.

Federal prosecutors are trying to freeze the assets of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend to cover any fine she may be ordered to pay when she is sentenced for helping Bulger evade authorities for 16 years.

An Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghans was cited for possessing alcohol on the beach in Florida 14 years ago.

The 911 calls are released from workers at the jewelry store that was robbed on Thursday evening in Guilderland.

An annual U.S. government report is adding U.S. ally Turkey as well as Tajikistan to a list of the worst violators of religious rights.

The U.S. must stick to its strategy in Afghanistan, including the planned withdrawal calendar, over the next several months despite recent setbacks that have tested America's relations with the Afghans, the top U.S....

State Department programs that bring foreign exchange students to the United States to work or attend school require urgent attention because students are being put at risk for abuse, according to a report from the federal...

Authorities have learned a body found naked outside a Southern California condominium in 1974 is a Marine from Iowa who was listed as a deserter from Camp Pendleton.

A judge in Ohio won't allow media access to county social services agency records related to a 17-year-old boy suspected in a deadly high school shooting.

Occupy Wall Street activists on Monday called for supporters to skip work on May 1 to protest what they're calling police brutality during 73 arrests in New York during the weekend.

Longtime Fargo resident Dan Holm returned from his winter travels to an unusual spring sight behind his home on River Road: There was no water lapping at his back yard.

College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month, though authorities may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to defend...

Schenectady police are investigating a stabbing that happened Monday evening.

The lawyer for the Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage met his client for the first time Monday and said the solider has a sketchy memory of the night of the...

A federal judge in Miami has granted a convicted Cuban spy's request to return home temporarily to visit a brother suffering from lung cancer.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a request by Christian groups on a college campus to allow them to limit membership based on religious beliefs.

A Kentucky Marine who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor last year is helping clean up a small Kentucky community devastated by a recent tornado.

The U.S. porn industry's movers and shakers accused Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday of pandering to conservative voters when he vowed to crack down on their business if elected.

His confidence surging, Mitt Romney pointedly ignored his Republican rivals on the eve of Tuesday's high-stakes primary election in Illinois and turned his fire instead on the Democrat he hopes to oust in the fall.

Schenectady police are investigating an armed robbery that happened on Monday afternoon.

Carlos Boozer scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds, John Lucas scored 20 points off the bench and the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 85-59 on Monday night.

Carlos Boozer scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds, John Lucas scored 20 points off the bench and the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 85-59 on Monday night.

A wounded combat dog will be reunited in retirement with the ex-Marine handler he was wounded with in Iraq.

A New York City man accused of four New Year's Day arson attacks, including one on an Islamic cultural center, has been indicted on state and federal hate crimes charges.

By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic Recently, I made the mistake of joking on Twitter about the possibility of a Team Peeta vs. Team Gale dynamic, referring to the two young men who hold special places in the...

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