- Target security breach affects up to 40M cards
Target's data-security nightmare threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.
- Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay wedding
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The United Methodist church defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday for violating doctrine by officiating his son's gay marriage, leaving the minister shocked and upset that he could be punished for an "act of love."
- Vegan leather, faux fur are hot holiday gifts
ATLANTA (AP) — Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment.
- DHS removed more than 368,000 immigrants in 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration removed 368,644 immigrants from the country last year.
- Deal reached on Duggan's role as Detroit mayor
DETROIT (AP) — Mayor-elect Mike Duggan said Thursday that he and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr will share some of the duties of running the cash-strapped city but the bulk of the financial responsibilities will remain under Orr's control.
- Fla. rejects request to install Satanic display
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials overseeing holiday displays at the Florida Capitol have allowed a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding fake pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying "provHerb" from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
- Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.
- Police: 4 charged in bogus prison release in Fla.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was charged with helping his brother's killer and another murderer escape from prison with bogus court documents, authorities said Thursday in announcing more charges in the scheme.
- Judge: US government assisting child smuggling
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in South Texas said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are known to be in the U.S. illegally.
- NY court restores Saudi Arabia in Sept. 11 lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant Thursday in lawsuits claiming it had provided support to al-Qaida prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.