|Polls close in Crimea as US entirely rejects referendum
The U.S. is rejecting the Crimea referendum's results before they are even released, as the White House said Sunday's vote on secession is contrary to Ukraine's constitution and the world will not formally recognize it.
|Victims of NYC apartment explosion remembered
As workers finish clearing away the rubble of two New York City apartment buildings that collapsed in Harlem last week, a pair of congregations gathered Sunday to mourn its destroyed church and two women who were among those killed.
|White House says Russia's action in Ukraine may cost dearly
The White House said Sunday that if Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't back down in Ukraine, he will face penalties from the West that will hurt the Russian economy and diminish Moscow's influence in the world.
|US lags as commercial drones take off around globe
The U.S. government bars commercial use of drones, no matter how seemingly benign. But already, photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers and others are hurrying to embrace the technology.
|Connecticut town struggles to meet mental health demand
Officials in Connecticut are attempting to ensure that free mental health therapy remains available to those who still need it following the December 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
|Los Angeles Police Department gets Lamborghini patrol car
The Los Angeles Police Department is getting a Lamborghini. But don't expect to see the sports car — colored black and white and decked out with police decals -- pursuing fugitive drivers down the city's freeways.
|Army general's deal dismisses sex assault charge, attorneys say
Defense attorneys said Sunday that a U.S. Army brigadier general has agreed to accept a plea deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him.
|Winter not yet done as more snow expected in East US
Spring is just days away but winter is not leaving quietly. Much of the East Coast enjoyed spring-like temperatures Saturday. That's expected to change by Monday with the arrival of another late-winter storm.
|St. Patrick's Day festivities kick off amid political tensions
St. Patrick's Day festivities are in full swing with the usual merriment of bagpipes and beer, but political tensions lingered in the northeastern U.S., where city leaders will be conspicuously absent from parades over gay rights issues.
|Some California cities seek water independence
California's historic drought has forced some rural communities to ration water. And some California communities want to rely less on water piped in from distant sources and tap their own supplies instead.