WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office, a surprising lift for both the economy and his re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An environmental activist who disrupted an oil and gas auction for land near Utah's national parks will finish out the final six months of a federal sentence at a Salt Lake City halfway house.
DETROIT (AP) - Honda Motor Co. is recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver's side door could melt and cause a fire.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defense minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions in two cities and near the Lebanese border in a widening offensive.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Insurgents on Saturday killed two American troops in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months, the U.S. military said.
KEENE, Calif. (AP) - Maria Ybarra's trailer is one of two left on the property that for over two decades was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and farmworkers like Ybarra who made up his movement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market.
NEW YORK (AP) - An extremist Egyptian-born preacher entered a U.S. courtroom Saturday for the first time to face multiple terrorism charges, complaining that his prosthetic hooks, medication and special shoes were taken away from him. The preacher was one of five terror defendants rounded up in Britain and extradited overnight to the U.S.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A private company is on the verge of launching another cargo ship to the International Space Station.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.
ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky should be sent to prison for life when a judge sentences him Tuesday, according to several of the jurors who convicted the former Penn State assistant coach of molesting several boys over a period of years.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Ana police say they've arrested a 425-pound gang member who allegedly tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy who was on his way to soccer practice.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A seven-year study shows many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.
MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland mall gunman appeared obsessed with mass murder and may have fixated on the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, dressing like one of the shooters and timing his attack so that it occurred about the same time of day as the Colorado massacre, police said Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says Southern California homes sales posted a fifth straight annual decline in February as tight inventories kept buyers on the sidelines.
NEW YORK (AP) - An explosion on Wednesday leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people, injuring 17 others and sending smoke billowing above the skyline.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology - get ahead of a big new development before it goes public.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyer on Wednesday tried to cast doubt on the competence of a South African police forensic expert who testified at the athlete's murder trial, where a toilet door and a cricket bat from Pistorius' home were introduced in the courtroom for a partial reenactment of events on the night that Pistorius killed his girlfriend.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A marathon Senate investigation into allegations of CIA torture during the Bush-era war on terror is veering toward partisan political territory and possibly the federal courts after unusually pointed accusations against the spy agency, including potential criminal wrongdoing.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged it is still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A military judge on Tuesday dismissed the jury in the midst of an Army general's court martial on sexual assault charges to give prosecutors and defense lawyers time to hammer out a plea deal in the closely watched case.
BEIRUT (AP) - The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million - more than half the country's children - with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children's agency said Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.
NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Richards is writing a children's book. He really is.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Malaysian military has radar data showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the last position recorded by civilian authorities, according to a senior military official.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. She said the CIA's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department.