LOS ANGELES - A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has reached a tentative agreement with federal officials on a plan to expand the number of low-income state residents eligible for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, Iowa's governor said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON - The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency still have major disagreements over a huge report the committee is trying to complete that is highly critical of harsh counterterrorism practices such as "waterboarding," which the agency used under President George W. Bush.
HOUSTON - The Houston school board gave preliminary approval on Thursday to a policy to stop using mascot names such as "Redskins" that reference Native American culture and have been called offensive by advocacy groups.
MISSOULA, Montana - A Montana bride who was accused of pushing her new husband to his death from a cliff in Glacier National Park pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in an 11th-hour deal with prosecutors that will spare her from a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
NEW YORK - Federal regulators on Thursday launched a 60-day safety assessment of Metro-North Railroad following the December 1 derailment that killed four people and left 70 others injured, officials said.
NEW YORK - New York City transit officials have begun testing new technology that aims to guard against a rare but terrifying prospect for subway riders - tumbling into the path of an oncoming train.
- The former city manager for the scandal-plagued California city of Bell has agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and tax charges, prosecutors announced on Thursday.
NEW YORK - California's Obamacare insurance marketplace experienced a surge in enrollment last week, officials said on Thursday, offering welcome news for President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law from a state crucial to its success.
SAN FRANCISCO - Managers and union leaders for San Francisco's commuter rail system, the nation's fifth largest, began talks on Thursday to mend a collapsed contract deal that has led to legal action and a possible return of transit strikes.