National News + World News

Brothers 'elated' to be free, thanks to Facebook

Two brothers who were released from prison Monday after nearly 25 years say their convictions were based on mistaken identity.

Boy drowns, another missing in Yosemite National Park river

Half way to a popular waterfall at Yosemite National Park, the 15 members of a Southern California family decided to take a break from the trail at a footbridge that crosses the boulder-strewn Merced River.

Tech companies make progress on 'blood phones' and 'conflict minerals'

They've been called "blood phones." It's a reference to the fact that some metals used to make smartphones and other electronic gadgets are sourced from war-torn areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two deputies killed, two wounded in Louisiana "ambush"

Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies died and two others were wounded early Thursday in what a state police official described as an ambush.

Winner of $337 million lottery jackpot bought ticket in Michigan

Somebody in Michigan may be very happy soon. The winning ticket for the estimated $337 million Powerball jackpot was purchased at a Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, Michigan, said Andi Brancato, a spokesman for the Michigan lottery.

Peterson trial focuses on alleged threat to kill his wife

The trial of former Chicago-area police Sgt. Drew Peterson, accused of killing his ex-wife, focused Wednesday on an incident in which he allegedly had threatened to kill her with a knife.

Penn State to host sex abuse conference

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, embattled Penn State University is hosting a sexual abuse conference and says boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart will give speeches.

Romney stands by new attacks against Obama

Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his blistering new attack lines against President Barack Obama's campaign, in which he hammers the president's re-election team for recent ads and the vice president's controversial statement the da

Program providing protection for young immigrants launched

Hundreds of thousands of people who entered the United States as children but without documentation can apply -- beginning Wednesday -- to remain in and work in the country without fear of deportation for at least two years.

Woman: Not locked up against my will

A woman who New Jersey State Police said may have been padlocked in a bedroom for extended periods of time claimed Tuesday the charges against her boyfriend are "ridiculous."