NEW YORK (AP) — With a flick of the switch, a 76-foot Norway Spruce officially became the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night after it was illuminated for the first time this holiday season in a ceremony that's been held since 1933.
(AP) — A Connecticut college student arrested carrying two handguns on campus also had an assault rifle and bullets in his car, and police found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings of the Colorado theater shooting at his home, authorities said Wednesday.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials say 10 of the dozens of whales stranded in Florida's Everglades National Park are now dead.
Blair Mase, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says four of the pilot whales were euthanized Wednesday.
Participants met Wednesday and decided getting back in the air was the best way to pay tribute to their friends.
The skydivers are in Arizona for a series of attempts to break world records for sequential jumps, which typically involve a large number of divers who create formations as they parachute to the ground.
(AP) — A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport has appeared in court with bruises on his face and a bandage on his neck.
The studio announced Wednesday that the film will shut down "for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."
When Walker died in a fiery car crash Saturday, the film was on break for the Thanksgiving holiday.
DALLAS (AP) — A few weeks after Bryce Reed proclaimed he would personally protect a Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, he was arrested by federal agents who said he collected materials to make a pipe bomb, driving suspicion that he might have had something to do with the blast.
Saying Grace, ''The Gossips and Walking to Church are among seven works by the Saturday Evening Post illustrator at Sotheby's sale on Wednesday.
For nearly two decades all three had been on loan at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., which has the world's largest collection of original Rockwell art located in the artist's hometown.
The Illinois Legislature approved a measure Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits for workers and retirees.
Public employee unions say they'll file a lawsuit if the Chicago Democrat signs it.
A plan announced in June would put first-time limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is toasting stronger economic ties with a former Soviet republic known for its wines.
Ukraine is undergoing a surge of upheaval over President Viktor Yanukovych's shelving of an anticipated agreement to forge stronger ties with the European Union.
Unions and pension funds are pledging to appeal a historic decision by Judge Steven Rhodes that found Detroit is broke and public pensions in a bankruptcy aren't protected by the Michigan Constitution.
(AP) — The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is the first to file a lawsuit against the government and defense contractors, alleging that officials ignored red flags about the killer's deteriorating mental health.
Dozens of online subscription businesses have popped up offering to ship boxes of different goodies within a given niche or theme, like makeup or travel, each month.
[...] as their popularity has grown, the list of products they offer has gone from ordinary (Think: hair products) to really niche (Think: black socks) to naughty (Think: vibrators.)
At a Pentagon news conference Wednesday, Hagel laid out details of the plan, which was announced in broad terms last summer.
The same jurors failed to agree on her sentence, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.
Stephens also says some prospective jurors might refuse to serve if they believe the proposed disclosure requirement would violate their privacy rights.
(AP) — Recordings of 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting are being released, days after a state prosecutor dropped his fight to continue withholding them despite an order to provide them to The Associated Press.
(AP) — A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.
(AP) — A Montana judge says he doesn't deserve to lose his job for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" when he sentenced her teacher-rapist to just a month in prison.
(AP) — Two Orlando-area high school students got into fight Wednesday at the bus pickup area and one of them opened fire, wounding the other, police said.
A 17-year-old student from West Orange High School was taken into custody while a 15-year-old had injuries to his face and stomach, police and school officials said.
Investigators in their report released last year said the probe was prompted by a complaint from an Interior Department employee who alleged that Monnett had wrongfully released government records and he and another scientist intentionally omitted or used false data in an article on polar bears.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's workplace safety agency on Wednesday recommended that the state Forestry Division pay a nearly $560,000 fine in the deaths of 19 firefighters.
The citations proposed by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health say forestry officials managing the Yarnell Hill Fire placed the protection of structures and pastureland above firefighter safety.
CHICAGO (AP) — New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.
Medical imaging on the nation's first full face transplant patient and two others shows that new blood vessel networks have formed joining their transplants with existing facial tissue.
In a phenomenon spreading across the globe, oversize blackboards, painted on buildings and freestanding displays, invite passers-by to complete the sentence: "Before I die I want to..."
Answers, some profound, some profane, are written on stenciled lines with pieces of sidewalk chalk picked from the ground below.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney says a New York train engineer experienced a nod or "a daze" before his train derailed at a curve, killing four passengers.
Attorney Jeffrey Chartier (chahr-tee-YAY') accompanied engineer William Rockefeller to his interview with National Transportation Safety Board investigators and described the account Rockefeller gave Tuesday.
The 2-acre outdoor mall is expected to open next fall on the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, in the heart of the Strip.
The walking mall will feature a spice market, a butcher shop, and the first Swarovski store that will allow customers to haggle over crystals.