NEW YORK - A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of "super PACs" in state campaigns.
WASHINGTON - More than 63,000 bridges across the United States are in urgent need of repair, with most of the aging, structurally compromised structures part of the interstate highway system, an analysis of recent federal data has found.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach" is set to begin two years after his image was removed from Penn State University because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a long-time assistant coach.
- Two Republican senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned recent remarks by the rebellious rancher musing about whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."
MIAMI BEACH, Florida - New York alcohol entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, founder of the Double Cross vodka brand, was killed early Thursday morning in a high speed car crash near Miami Beach, police said.
LOS ANGELES - A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station earlier this month, wounding an officer who returned fire along with his partner, died on Thursday of wounds suffered in the shooting, a police official said.
NEW YORK - A fire was still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Thursday, a day after an explosion rocked the site, disrupting supplies in a hub in the Rockies.
SAN DIEGO - Two sailors playing with a pellet gun caused officials at a San Diego-area naval base to issue a shelter-in-place warning for part of the facility on Thursday, and were taken into custody, Navy officials said.
- A Wyoming landslide menacing houses and businesses in an upscale resort town has slowed to a crawl, giving crews time to prevent the rupture of a water main, although one official cautioned on Thursday that the respite could prove temporary.