In this Nov. 18, 2014, photo, a researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI’s criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday.

Black Friday gun sales 'a perfect storm' for background check system

On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly 2 checks a second, testing limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

about 5 hours ago

Two FBI agents shot, injured in St. Louis area

The FBI said the shooting, which took place about 5 miles south of Ferguson, was not directly related to the protests.

about 10 hours ago

 Snow collects this morning in Donegal, Pa.

Wintry storm drops rain on East Coast cities, snow forecast tonight

As of 10:45 a.m., reported 469 U.S. flights canceled and 1,400 flights delayed.

about 8 hours ago

Governor triples National Guard presence in Ferguson

Gov. Nixon aims to prevent a repeat of violence, arson and mayhem Tuesday night after a grand jury exonerated Officer Darren Wilson.

about 17 hours ago

For Ferguson grand jury, a mass of evidence, much of it conflicting

Jurors hearing testimony in the  fatal shooting seemed, in the end, to put the most stock in testimony by Officer Darren Wilson.

about 17 hours ago

Supreme Court to hear case on Clean Air Act

Justices to hear power plant pollution case and weigh consideration of economic costs relating to EPA regulations.

about 17 hours ago

National briefs: Hecklers disrupt president

Plus: Flournoy out of running; Honda air nag defect; HIV’s health threat.

about 17 hours ago

 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine and Paddington Bear balloons through the parking lot at CitiField in New York. The two balloons were taken for practice runs along with four other new character balloons in preparation for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thomas the Tank Engine will be the parade's largest balloon by helium volume and the one containing the most balloon fabric ever used on one character. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

What’s Thanksgiving without helium? Deflated.

about 17 hours ago

 Protesters take pictures in front of the burning Juanita's Fashion R Boutique in St. Louis, Mo. early today. Protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where Michael Brown was fatally shot after a grand jury declined to indict white police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death.

St. Louis suburb smolders after racially charged riots

About a dozen buildings in suburban Ferguson, Mo., burned overnight and police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters.

1 day ago

 New FDA rules released today require chain restaurants and large vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on menus to make people more aware of the risks of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods.

New FDA rules to put calorie counts on menus, supermarket meals, movie popcorn

Under the rules, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards.

1 day ago

 U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Ferguson, Mo. and immigration reform while at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago.

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest in Ferguson

The president is speaking in Chicago a day after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death.

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Ferguson grand jury does not indict, but probes continue in Washington

Two U.S. Justice Department investigations related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., are still continuing.

1 day ago

 A protester scuffles Monday with police during a march toward Times Square in New York after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Timeline: Ferguson, Mo., police shooting and investigation

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

1 day ago

Security veterans are poised to fill secretary of defense seat

Michele Fournoy and Ashton Carter are being considered as likely successors to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

1 day ago

University of Virginia to hold special meeting after report of gang-rape at fraternity

An allegation of frat house gang-rape at University of Virginia and a mishandled administrative response spur emergency meeting.

1 day ago

Lawmakers still negotiating tax-break extension plan

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew criticizes lawmakers contemplating an extension of business tax breaks without doing the same for individuals.

1 day ago

A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case

A look at some of the likely next steps in Ferguson:

1 day ago

What's covered in new menu labeling rules

The menu labeling rules take effect in one year for restaurants.

1 day ago

 This undated photo released by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office on Monday shows Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot black teen Michael Brown.

Highlights of testimony in the Michael Brown shooting

Officer Darren Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Michael Brown didn’t move back.

1 day ago

National briefs: Storm on the menu this holiday in some areas

Plus: Obama awards 18 medals; FDA releases new rules; Calif. suspect confessed; ‘Casablanca’ piano sold

1 day ago

 Brittany Ferrell, of St. Louis, chants "hands up don't shoot" while marching through the streets protesting the August shooting of Michael Brown, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Unrest erupts outside Missouri police site

Gunshots were heard and bottles thrown in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

Documents: The Ferguson grand jury's evidence and testimony

View the grand jury evidence and testimony in the death of Michael Brown, plus an interactive guide to the Ferguson controversy.

1 day ago

 A protester scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square in New York City after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Protesters fill streets around the country after Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision

Thousands rallied in U.S. cities to protest the grand jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

 Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, left standing on the top of a car, reacts as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

Cars vandalized, gunshots heard in Ferguson as Obama calls for peace

Crowds gathered across the nation after the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson was announced.

1 day ago

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel , center, announces his resignation Monday as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during a news conference at the White House.

Hagel submits resignation as defense chief under pressure

Mr. Hagel, 68, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013.

1 day ago

 Tammy Martin of the North Side joins a crowd gathered outside the courthouse on Grant Street Downtown Pittsburgh Monday evening.

Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting

Many had thought a grand jury decision would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days.

1 day ago

 This replica gun was taken from a 12-year old boy who was shot by Cleveland police. The boy died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to an emergency call about a someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground. Police described the weapon as an "airsoft" type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.

Probe begins in fatal shooting of boy by Cleveland officer

The boy died Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

2 days ago

 Police stand guard on Sunday during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate.

2 days ago

GOP steps up offensive on immigration

Congressional Republicans vowed to reverse the president’s move to allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants stay temporarily.

2 days ago

Cleveland boy shot by police dies; gun he waved was fake

Officers ordered the boy, 12, to raise his hands, police said, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband.

2 days ago

Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

The epicenter of the magnitude 3.3 quake was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium.

2 days ago

Justice Department probes of Ferguson police practices and civil rights continue

The Justice Department still has two opportunities to bring criminal charges and overhaul the Ferguson Police Department.

1 day ago

 A man runs away from the burning storage facility after  the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Violence flares after grand jury forgoes any charge against officer in Michael Brown shooting

Protestors clashed with police after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

1 day ago

National briefs: Admiral denies counterfeiting allegations

PLUS: Obama touts Clinton; Senator slams report.

2 days ago

 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

3 days ago

 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

3 days ago

Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

3 days ago

Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

3 days ago

National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

3 days ago

Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

3 days ago

GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

4 days ago

Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

4 days ago

Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

4 days ago

World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

4 days ago

National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

4 days ago

House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

5 days ago

Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

5 days ago

 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

5 days ago

Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

5 days ago

Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

5 days ago


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