NEW YORK - Bill Bratton, a veteran police chief who has led departments across the country, was named on Thursday as New York City's next police commissioner, taking over a force credited with a sharp drop in violent crime but criticized for its tactics.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, considered the frontrunner for college football's prestigious Heisman Trophy, will learn on Thursday if he will be charged in an alleged sexual assault that has put a cloud over his season.
WASHINGTON - The United States has repatriated two Algerians held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than a decade, the Pentagon said on Thursday, in what the men's attorneys described as an involuntary transfer that ignored their pleas to go elsewhere.
TRIPOLI - Gunmen shot dead an American chemistry teacher working at an international school in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said on Thursday.
NEW YORK - U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members with participating in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor by lying about their income.
WASHINGTON - The pregnancy rate among U.S. women fell to its lowest point in 12 years in 2009, continuing its slide from a peak in 1990, according to U.S. government data released on Thursday.
MOSCOW - Russian federal investigators have launched a criminal probe into suspected child trafficking in the United States following a Reuters investigation which found that adopted children, some born in Russia, were being traded on the Internet.
MIAMI - A flotilla of would-be rescuers sailed to the Florida Everglades on Thursday to try to coax 41 stranded pilot whales out to sea, despite low expectations that the animals would survive.
- One child was killed and four more injured on Thursday when a bus carrying elementary schoolchildren collided with a dump truck at a rural intersection in Idaho, west of Boise, a state police spokeswoman said.
ATLANTA - The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine.