Jolted by political lighting for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.
The California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego - but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.
President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence.
A woman, who previously identified herself as a transgender man, accused of stabbing a stranger in a Maine supermarket after allegedly planning for a month to attack people at random pleaded guilty to murder Thursday over the objections of her lawyer.
A proposed law in Florida would allow churches to refuse to hold gay marriages, a right the bill sponsor admits they already have.
ISIS' widespread use of often new Toyota trucks has prompted a U.S. investigation into how the terror group obtains vehicles
A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be enforced.
An Alabama probate judge is asking the state's Supreme Court for a way out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A university in northeastern Pennsylvania has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree it granted Bill Cosby.
The Vatican press office is defending its reporting of a big meeting on family issues after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.