A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway before the Wednesday morning commute.

Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.

U.S. stocks edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Stocks of home builders jumped after a rise in confidence in the new home market.

Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl who fell nine stories from a west Philadelphia apartment building has died.

U.S. stocks are rising slightly in early trading, ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement this afternoon that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates.

Officials in a southern New Jersey town plan to discipline some volunteer firefighters after a sign drew unwanted attention.

A former sheriff's deputy fatally shot an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct, authorities said.

Police say an East Tennessee father forced his son to drink alcohol until he passed out as a punishment after he caught the 15-year-old drinking.

Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

An Ohio police department wants residents to stop reporting crimes on its Facebook page.

"NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.

Police in Flint, Michigan, say a woman gave birth after she and her family captured a purse snatcher in a grocery store parking lot.

Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.

A central Florida woman celebrated her 90th birthday by flying a four-seat Cessna.

A judge has denied a defense request for separate trials for two men charged in last year's Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people inside a thrift store.

Ohio prosecutors have started reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against teens accused of duping a special-needs boy who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge."

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria

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It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president." — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on whether American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East.

A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.

Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings Wednesday as schools closed down and the public remained on edge.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile moved into Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the past two weeks.

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northward across the night sky. Witnesses described it as three "rocks" with glowing red and orange streaks.

Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

The New Mexico Livestock Board has launched an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables, kicking and punching the animals, and shocking them with electric prods.

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