A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban
From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee.Nicholas Geranios and Donna Blankinship
The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.Sam Hananel
The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.Mark Sherman | Associated Press
Anxious Greek pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday in the hope of getting their pensions, while queues formed at ATMs as they gradually began dispensing cash again following the imposition of strict controls on capital.Elena Becatoros and Costas Kantouris
The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.Danica Coto
After more than three weeks of trudging though swamps, forests and residential areas, a prison guard tactical team cheered and laughed on the side of Route 30 in the town of Constable on Sunday.KESHIA CLUKEY
Prison escapee David Sweat was captured Sunday afternoon after being shot twice by a state trooper as he walked along an isolated road in the small town of Constable, less than two miles from the Canadian border.BRENDAN J. LYONS AND KESHIA CLUKEY
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appoints Donna Bahorich, who homeschooled her children for several years, as chair of the State Board of Education.Gretel Kauffman
The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed.Michael Balsamo