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Volunteers search for missing after Central Texas flood
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) -- A handful of volunteers trudged along the muddy and brush-filled banks of the Blanco River in Central Texas, searching for a group of people still missing days after the vacation house where they were staying was swept away in a massive flood....

AP source: Hastert paid to keep old sex abuse claims secret
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said....

Nevada man not guilty in killing of unarmed trespasser
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws....

Coast Guard: There were boots on the ground after oil spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches....

Jury convicts TV actor Diamond of misdemeanors in stabbing
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge....

Protesters gather at Phoenix mosque under close police watch
PHOENIX (AP) -- About 500 protesters gathered outside a Phoenix mosque on Friday as police kept two groups sparring about Islam on separate sides of the street....

B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) -- Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit....

Maine man to explore final resting places of poets in South
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) -- A former teacher who travels the country to document the final resting places of poets is looking forward to calling attention to African-American poets on a tour of the South and elsewhere....

This has been a month of extreme weather around the world
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May seems stuck on strange....

Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Ala judge: Death row inmate got 'raw deal' in murder trial

Latest on flooding: More heavy rain falls in Dallas area

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

Policies on transgender admissions at women's colleges

Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions

Volunteers search for missing after Central Texas flood

Protesters gather at Phoenix mosque under close police watch

Hurricane Andres strengthens far off coast of Mexico

Quotations in the News

Nevada man not guilty in killing of unarmed trespasser