An Amtrak train is on its way to Boston again after it struck a vehicle in rural Virginia that police said attempted to drive around a crossing bar, destroying the car and injuring the driver.
An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA — but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found. The U.S. publicly has described Robert Levinson as a private citizen.
A federal judge accepted a guilty plea Thursday from a Montana newlywed after she reached a surprise plea agreement and said she pushed her husband from a cliff in Glacier National Park. The development came before a jury was set to begin considering the case against 22-year-old Jordan Graham.
A small plane carrying nine people crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing the director of the state Department of Health, officials said. The eight others onboard, including the pilot, survived.
Officials at a Colorado school where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for kissing a girl have dropped the term “sexual harassment” from the boy’s record, instead calling the behavior misconduct.
THE WATCHDOGS: A nonprofit organization founded by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush was given $1 million to create a technology center in Englewood. More than a decade later, the money’s gone, and there’s no technology center, an investigation by the Better Government Association and the Chicago Sun-Times found.
A Colorado university has suspended a religious studies professor whose silent protest against racial bias on campus led to complaints that he refused to speak during classes.
Missouri executed Allen Nicklasson on Wednesday night for killing a good Samaritan who stopped to help him and his friends after their car stalled on Interstate 70 in 1994. It was the state’s second execution in three weeks.
A member of the Minnesota National Guard and self-described commander of a militia group was charged Wednesday with stealing names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C., so he could make fake IDs for his militia members.
The annual Geminids meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak time.
George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.
Lawyers for the parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat are calling on the governor to order a coroner’s inquest.
The parents of a Marine whose body came back from Greece missing his heart amended their federal lawsuit Wednesday to add the Greek government and an Athens hospital as defendants.
After 45 years of service, the Coast Guard cutter Gallatin finished its last patrol Wednesday, slipping up to a pier in North Charleston, S.C., where its 170-member crew was greeted by family members and a dozen members of the Patriot Guard holding American flags.
New York City soon will require young children who go to preschool or day care to get flu shots. The city’s Board of Health voted Wednesday for the mandatory vaccine for children under 6.
A San Diego man was charged Tuesday with operating a website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others so that he could extort hundreds of dollars from the victims. Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, created the so-called “revenge porn” website ugotposted.com a year ago, according to court documents.