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UPDATE: 32 teens escape from Tenn. detention center; 9 still on lam

A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought. More>>

Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." More>>

Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice

The Long Island village of Asharoken faces a dilemma as it seeks to protect itself from erosion and other problems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. More>>

In Texas, Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

 Firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is sounding increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016. More>>

NYC police investigate tot's death after day care

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police are investigating the death of a 14-month-old girl after she was picked up from day care. More>>

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

The Border Patrol says an agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member. More>>

Stewart says Ward's death will affect him forever

(AP Photo/Terry Renna, File). FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File). FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tony Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. More>>

Court overturns suspension of W.Va. doc's license

A judge has reinstated a West Virginia doctor's medical license a month after it was suspended by the state over procedures at his clinic. More>>

Obama weighs options for targeting IS group

President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East. More>>

Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

A report on a problematic execution in Oklahoma shows lethal drugs caused the inmate to die, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him. More>>

Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

 A federal judge is asking lawyers for Louisiana and abortion clinics for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open for a while if a restrictive abortion law takes effect Sept. 1. More>>

US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

The U.S. military says fighter planes have conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. More>>

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Dad acquitted in slaying of drunken driver who killed sons

A jury returned a verdict of not guilty today for a Texas father accused of the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed his two sons. More>>

Thousands of wasps found nesting in UK Home, devouring bed

A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said. More>>

Taco Bell contest promises free food for life

Do you like Taco Bell? Then you are going to love the company's new promotion, which will give you the chance to win free food FOR LIFE! More>>

Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge

California prosecutors say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert. More>>

How nail polish may fend off sexual assault

Pretty nails may be the newest way to foil date rape. More>>

Military jet crash in Virginia

A sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard. More>>

Instructor accidentally shot by girl, 9, dies

Authorities say an Arizona shooting instructor has died after he was accidentally shot while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi. More>>

Toilet paper going tubeless

A toilet paper company is tossing the tube. Scott Naturals debuted its tube-free toilet paper Tuesday. More>>

Hundreds gather to honor slain journalist Foley

Slain U.S. journalist James Foley is being remembered as a person committed to social justice and as a modest friend who deflected questions about himself. More>>

Lake combed for drowned boy's 3 missing relatives

A day after a 3-year-old boy drowned in a reservoir west of Portland, Oregon, divers are searching the water for three of his missing family members. More>>

Instructor accidentally shot by girl, 9, dies

Authorities say an Arizona shooting instructor has died after he was accidentally shot while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi. More>>

New York City subway train goes wrong way

New York City transit officials say a subway operator and conductor have been taken out of service while they investigate how a train ended up going the wrong way. More>>

Gay marriage supporters heading to key hearing Video included

Busloads of gay-marriage supporters are heading to Chicago for a key hearing in their fight against same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. More>>

VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. More>>

Defense rests in Blackwater trial

Four Blackwater security guards have rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad. More>>

UPDATE: Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

The all clear has been given at Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia after an active shooter was reported there. More>>

Trial: Girl, 5, gone hours before school aware

 Trial witnesses say a Philadelphia girl abducted from her kindergarten was missing for six hours before her family knew she was gone. More>>

Ala couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

Authorities say an Alabama couple tried to obtain a baby by sexually assaulting an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant. More>>

Southern Illinois plant explosion kills 2

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois. More>>

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is well-known known for its citrus.Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of the state. More>>

Survey: US gas prices down 4 cents per gallon

The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, and prices in California have fallen 5 cents in the same time period. More>>

Cirque du Soleil takes Beatles tribute to airports

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on the carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport. More>>

Man charged in biting attack at Lollapalooza

A 33-year-old Chicago man is accused of biting two men in a seemingly random attack as the Arctic Monkeys performed at Lollapalooza earlier this month. More>>

Fla. dad charged with murder; baby left in truck

A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours. More>>

378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks


A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. More>>

Police: Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

 The two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with white ones are back on U.S. soil. More>>

Ryan says he'd love to see Romney run again

Congressman Paul Ryan is weighing a presidential bid but says he would love to see Mitt Romney run again. More>>

No bail for woman in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

An investigator says a northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves. More>>

Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. More>>

Education Department tries to ease testing worries

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance. More>>

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can't get married there. More>>

Americans infected with Ebola to be released from hospital Video included

Two Americans who contracted Ebola will be released today from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, ABC News has learned. More>>

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. More>>

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. More>>

Official: 3 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

Authorities now say three children and an adult are still being held hostage by two men who barricaded themselves in a house in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey. More>>

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area Video included

Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. More>>

Obama to host UN summit on foreign fighters threat

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. administration says that President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. More>>

2013 champ Nadal out of US Open with wrist injury

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. More>>

13 hurt in NYC Theater District bus crash Video included

 A traffic accident apparently involving two double-decker tour buses in New York City's Theater District has injured 13 people, three of them seriously. More>>

Unlikely friendship creates some beautiful moments Video included

A veteran and a little boy in Farmington, MN have formed an unlikely friendship.This is a story you just have to watch! More>>

Car seat recall expanded

Graco has agreed to recall 1.9 million infant car seats under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More>>

Diane Sawyer leaving World News Video included

ABC News announced Wednesday that Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulous and David Muir are changing their roles within the network. More>>

Girls, 12, charged in Waukesha stabbing due in court Video included

The two girls accused of a brutal stabbing of a friend to please an online fictional character are due in Waukesha County court Wednesday afternoon for a hearing. More>>

Judge refuses to stay Idaho same-sex marriages

A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state's governor. More>>

Small business owners still cautious, surveys find

Small business owners are keeping a cautious approach to running their companies even as they grow more optimistic. More>>

Authorities: Clamp snapped in circus accident

A public safety official in Rhode Island says investigators looking into what happened to send eight circus acrobats plummeting to the ground during a performance have found that a clamp snapped. More>>

Wisconsin veterinarian to help fight pig virus

Wisconsin's state veterinarian has been asked to help in the fight against a virus that has killed millions of pigs in the past year. More>>

Electronic filing of tax returns is now preferred by most taxpayers

More and more taxpayers are entering the digital age in filing their returns.  More>>

Suspect in Wis. newborn kidnap is charged in Iowa

An Iowa prosecutor has filed a child endangerment charge against a woman suspected of kidnapping of a newborn baby and leaving him behind a gas station.

House passes debt ceiling increase

The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies. More>>

Contrast for parties in 2016 presidential race

The early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart for Democrats and Republicans. More>>

Company makes good on leaving Colo. over gun laws

One of the country's largest producers of gun magazines is leaving Colorado and moving operations to Wyoming and Texas because of new gun laws.

Obama signs up through DC health care exchange

Multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. More>>

Astronauts complete rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

It's a wrap for NASA's Christmas Eve spacewalk. More>>

Amtrak train collides with vehicle in Virginia

Authorities say an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle in south central Virginia and there are injuries. More>>

NJ town honors late actor James Gandolfini

Cast members of "The Sopranos" were on hand as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini.    More>>

UPDATE: Train derails in New York City

A passenger train has derailed in New York City. More>>

AP source: No right to enrich in Iran deal

A senior Obama administration official says the nuclear deal with Iran does not include recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium. That had been a sticking point in the negotiations between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. The official says the deal includes an agreement that Iran will halt progress on its nuclear program, including a plutonium reactor at the Arak facility. The deal also calls on Iran to neutralize its 20 percent enriched uranium stockpiles. ... More>>

Suspected LAX gunman charged

Federal prosecutors have filed charges of murder and commission of violence at an international airport against the unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport.    More>>

Slain LAX TSA officer remembered as a family man

The 100-foot pylons at Los Angeles International Airport will be lit blue this weekend in honor of a transportation security officer who was killed in a shooting.    More>>

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