By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pleaded with Congress Wednesday to avoid the disaster of automatic defense cuts even as he criticized lawmakers' affection for protecting aging ships and aircraft.
Ramping up t
By ALICIA CHANGAP Science Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA is poised to launch its latest X-ray space telescope on a two-year hunt for hard-to-see objects lurking in the heart of the Milky Way and other galaxies.
The telescope was perched atop a rocket at a remote
By COLLEEN LONGAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A police officer was indicted Wednesday in the death of an unarmed drug suspect, the first time a New York City officer has faced criminal charges in a fatal shooting since a groom was killed in a 50-shot police barrage on his weddi
By LINDA DEUTSCHAP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A parole hearing for former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis was postponed at the last minute Wednesday after the inmate reported he was feeling ill.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patri
By KAY JOHNSON and SINAN SALAHEDDINAssociated Press
BAGHDAD (AP) - Car bombs ripped through Shiite and Kurdish targets in Baghdad and other cities Wednesday, killing at least 66 people, wounding more than 200 and feeding growing doubts that Iraq will emerge as a stable democracy