SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Thanks to a rainy December, California's drought-suffering residents met Gov. Jerry Brown's call to slash water consumption by 20 percent for the first time last month, using 22 percent less water than in December 2013.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb.
NEW YORK (AP) - "To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor.
LONDON (AP) - British lawmakers in the House of Commons voted Tuesday to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people - a move that could prevent some children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation's richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez spent around 20 minutes Tuesday morning individually questioning a juror outside the hearing of the public assembled in the courtroom.
NEW YORK (AP) - Exxon Mobil has been working for years on a fleet of enormous new oil and gas projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and the Gulf of Mexico designed to turn around what has been a consistent and alarming slide in oil and gas production.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The marriage license of mass murderer Charles Manson and a 26-year-old devotee who believes in his innocence is set to expire without a wedding taking place, prison officials said Monday.
SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, Mexico (AP) - Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.
PARIS (AP) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared in court Monday to face accusations of taking part in an international prostitution ring set up to provide him with prostitutes for orgies at luxury hotels in France and the U.S.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony hears those voices saying he's getting old, that he can't jump like he once did.
BOSTON (AP) - The best chance to save the life of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be to put his dead brother on trial.
LONDON (AP) - It's a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jam-packed sports weekend didn't stop moviegoers from trekking to theaters in droves to see the Avengers sequel, which posted a massive $191.3 million North American opening, Disney said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market closed just short of a record on Monday as investors assessed some positive earnings reports.
NEW YORK (AP) - A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A prolific California condor that represented endangered wildlife on a 1996 postage stamp was euthanized Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Big surf generated by a Southern Hemisphere storm is rolling ashore along south-facing sections of the Southern California coast.
GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Federal agents searched an apartment in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, the FBI confirmed Monday.
DETROIT (AP) - Retired surgeon Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where people can thrive when freed from an overbearing government.
BOSTON (AP) - James Taylor inherited his love for the Boston Red Sox from his father and grandmother, and his newest song follows his fandom through three generations from the sale of Babe Ruth to the team's cathartic 2004 World Series title.
NEW YORK (AP) - American Express will roll out a new loyalty program, Plenti, on Monday, allowing U.S. shoppers for the first time to earn rewards points through a variety of purchases, from paying a phone bill to filling up at the pump.
ROME (AP) - Italy's Coast Guard and Navy as well as tugs and other commercial vessels joined forces to rescue migrants in at least 16 boats Sunday, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya's coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean.
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) - The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Half-empty tissue boxes littered the floor of Courtroom 201 after a day in which survivors told stories of heartbreak, revulsion and horror about the night James Holmes shot scores of people inside a packed a suburban Denver movie theater.