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Fiscal cliff stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Updated: 12/10/2012 - A potential plunge over the federal "fiscal cliff" is causing anxiety for many state officials - not only because of prospective federal funding cuts, but because of the confusion surrounding the ongoing stalemate in Washington.

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FBI: Hate crimes down slightly in 2011

Updated: 12/11/2012 - The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year.

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Obama asks for $60.4 billion in Sandy aid

Posted: 12/07/2012 - President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October.

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Sandusky seeks less harsh prison setting

Posted: 12/07/2012 - A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing.

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McConnell: Obama unwilling to compromise over fiscal cliff

Updated: 12/07/2012 - The U.S. Senate's top Republican is accusing President Barack Obama of showing no willingness to compromise in high-stakes negotiations to avoid a looming combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

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Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

Updated: 12/07/2012 - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

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U.S. consumer borrowing rises to record high

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.

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Police: Man left baby in pit bull's care

Posted: 12/07/2012 - A Florida man is charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving his 10-month-old baby in the care of his pit bull while he went to a bar.

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AP-GfK poll: Obama approval rises postelection

Posted: 12/07/2012 - Obama's approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and up 5 percentage points from before the election.

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Tennessee warns of new round of fungal infections

Updated: 12/06/2012 - Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid injections after finding that some have infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

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Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

Posted: 12/06/2012 - The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration.

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$1.5B worth of marijuana confiscated in Appalachia

Updated: 12/05/2012 - Aerial spotters guided ground crews to more than 750,000 plants during the 2012 growing season in the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, one group says.

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U.S. home prices rise in October by most in 6 years

Updated: 12/05/2012 - A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

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