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.
DELTA, Pennsylvania - After her son shot five Amish schoolgirls to death in 2006, Terri Roberts could have gone into hiding to nurse her pain, like many parents of mass murderers have in the past.
NEW YORK - Fast-food workers in hundreds of cities across the United States kicked off a day of strikes and rallies on Thursday to demand a higher minimum wage. The largest job actions were expected in New York and Washington, organizers said.
TRIPOLI - Gunmen shot dead an American teacher working in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday more than a year after Islamist militants stormed the U.S. consulate there, killing the U.S. ambassador and three others. | Video
CHICAGO - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identified 30 priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the archdiocese, which has been under fire for its past handling of clergy abuse cases in its part of Minnesota.
SALMON, Idaho - An 11-year-old boy was killed and four more children injured on Thursday when a bus carrying elementary school students in Idaho collided with a dump truck at a rural intersection, a state police spokeswoman said.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, considered the frontrunner for college football's prestigious Heisman Trophy, will not be charged in an alleged sexual assault case that had put a cloud over his season, a state prosecutor said on Thursday.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's Supreme Court justices raised concerns on Thursday at a hearing on a proposed constitutional ballot amendment to allow medical use of marijuana, questioning whether its language might mislead voters into legalizing nearly wide-open pot smoking.
MIAMI - Some of the pilot whales that were stranded in the Florida Everglades swam out into deeper water on Thursday while rescuers tried to chase the rest out to sea by banging on pipes and revving their boat engines.