Updated: 06/09/2010 - NATO says a helicopter has been shot down in southern Afghanistan and four troops have been killed.
Posted: 06/09/2010 - An Associated Press analysis of a 2009 spill plan by BP shows that in no way was the oil giant prepared to handle a spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.
Updated: 06/09/2010 - Twenty students from across the nation are selected for USA TODAY's 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team, and one of those students is from eastern Carolina.
Updated: 06/09/2010 - A Washington state business is offering a $1,000 reward to catch a thief who took a doormat worth about $20.
Posted: 06/08/2010 - Relatives of a 7-year-old Oregon boy who went missing from his Portland school and hasn't been seen for five days are urging those working to find him to carry on the search with optimism.
Posted: 06/08/2010 - Depression, Post-traumatic Stress and other mental health problems plague at least 1 in 10 soldiers returning from Iraq.
Posted: 06/08/2010 - The government is pushing BP to work faster getting money to people and businesses harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Updated: 06/08/2010 - Peru's chief police spokesman says Dutchman Jordan van der Sloot, long suspected in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, has confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman.
Posted: 06/07/2010 - Elton John and Rush Limbaugh may seem like an unlikely pair to be found at the same event, but perhaps a wedding is as good a place as any to put politics aside.
Posted: 06/07/2010 - If Sheen does have to report to the pokey for a domestic violence charge, he'll be far from the first star to do so. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Christian Slater -- to name just three -- have all done a little time.
Posted: 06/07/2010 - After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner - a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets.
Posted: 06/07/2010 - Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the U.S. and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems.
Updated: 06/07/2010 - Two New Jersey men arrested Saturday for allegedly planning to "wage violent jihad" made their first court appearance Monday.
Posted: 06/07/2010 - Former presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have recorded robocalls for South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Henry McMaster in a last minute get-out-the-vote effort ahead of Tuesday's Republican primary.
Updated: 06/08/2010 - Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.
Posted: 06/06/2010 - Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the spill will not be contained until the leak at the bottom of the Gulf is fully plugged.
Updated: 06/06/2010 - Authorities say two New Jersey men who intended to kill American troops were arrested at a New York City airport before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia.
Posted: 06/06/2010 - A containment cap that sucked some of the oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico offered a small sign of progress for a region that has seen its wildlife coated in a lethal oil muck, its fishermen idled and its beaches tarnished by the nation's worst oil spill.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - Illinois State Police say they are following up on a new lead in the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, and a county coroner in rural central Illinois confirms that a search for human remains is under way.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - Calling him one of America's "most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals," President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - A porn actor suspected of killing a colleague and wounding two other people during an attack with a sword has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - Fourteen-year-old Anamika Veeramani of North Royalton, Ohio, has won the National Spelling Bee.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - The growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians. Blacks are substantially more likely than before to marry whites.
Posted: 06/05/2010 - This week's shooting death and subsequent dragging of a black man in South Carolina are being investigated as a possible hate crime, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office said.