Gov't offers a stopgap health insurance option
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off more bad news over the chaotic rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration Thursday offered stopgap options so people whose existing plans got canceled are not penalized.
NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.
Over 75 injured in partial London theater collapse
LONDON (AP) — Hunks of plaster and dust rained down on a packed audience when the ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed Thursday night. More than 75 people were injured — seven seriously, authorities said.
Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says
CHICAGO (AP) — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.
Brightness on tap at Portland, Ore., bar
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Saturday marks the shortest day of the year — the pinnacle of dread for people who feel depressed when there's less sunshine. When they go out for a drink or coffee in the dreary wintertime Pacific Northwest, they could also order up a dose of something else entirely: a few rays of bright light.
In mariachi music, students find path to college
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — By the end of a recent weekend, the big achievement among Ramon Rivera's high school mariachi band wasn't that they had logged more than 700 miles in a bus packed with musical instruments or that they had played two shows in front of large audiences.
Police: Suicide note foretold of Reno attack
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bypassing waiting patients, a gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery opened fire with a 12-guage shotgun at doctors at a Reno medical office — a deadly rampage that investigators say was referred to in a suicide note.
'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.