LYNWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Two former Lynwood City Council members convicted of illegally boosting their salaries and racking up inappropriate bills on city credit cards have been sentenced to state prison.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows nurses to dispense birth control, making it easier for women to get contraceptives.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building - and not just because he had a knife.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A breeze of momentum on his side, President Barack Obama was trying to shore up support in a pivotal state Saturday while he and rival Mitt Romney argue over who can change the country's political culture and best protect the financial and health security of older Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say they plan to arrest a man mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo.
BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard University journal says it hasn't fully verified research that purportedly shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife, even though Harvard's divinity school touted the research during a publicity blitz this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney struggled to steady his presidential campaign on Friday, buffeted by an outbreak of sniping among frustrated Republicans, fresh evidence of a slide in battleground state polls and President Barack Obama's accusation that he was writing off "half the country" in pursuit of the White House.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Air Force handed the reins of basic training to a woman Friday following a sex scandal in which 42 female recruits say they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped during their first weeks in uniform.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On its last day in session before the election, the Senate tied itself in knots over 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from Canada as big game trophies.
NEW YORK (AP) - A man was mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo on Friday after he leaped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a protective fence.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Two former employees of the Coachella Valley Unified School District have been found guilty of stealing public funds.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested four California residents for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded dozens of investors out of $2.3 million from 2003 to 2011.
New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating the apparently drowning of a crew member who was working on a set for upcoming "The Lone Ranger" film.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former gang member's long-awaited exoneration was delayed Friday only hours before a scheduled hearing because of a judge's illness, leaving him to wait in prison another weekend before he is formally cleared of a murder conviction.
PARIS (AP) - Interpol knew about stolen passports that two passengers used to board an ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight bound for China, but no country checked the police agency's vast database on stolen documents beforehand, it said Sunday. Interpol said it hopes authorities will "learn from the tragedy."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, but Ukraine's prime minister vowed not to relinquish "a single centimeter" of his country's territory.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a performance, sending 25 students to the hospital with mainly minor injuries, authorities said.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A pregnant South Carolina woman pointed to the ocean, locked the doors and rolled up the windows, telling her three children she was "trying to take them to a better place" as she drove her minivan into the surf, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) - Pigs cluster around a food stall like Black Friday shoppers waiting for the store to open. One pushes impatiently against the locked door with her snout, waiting for the sow inside to finish eating so she can take her turn.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia intelligence agencies are investigating how up to four passengers with suspect identities were able to board the missing Boeing 777 jet, the government said, as planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for the plane.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. The truck driver also was injured.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the U.S. military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year, illicit affair.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California state lawmaker wants to ban SeaWorld from using killer whales in its San Diego shows.
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Sheila MacRae, a veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners," has died. She was 92.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: It's time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia scrambled on Saturday to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early that morning, leaving the fates of the 239 people aboard in doubt.