CHICAGO (AP) - Elfega Cazares isn't taking sides in the standoff between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools over contract talks. Like many of the immigrant parents in the city's Pilsen neighborhood, she knows her children stand to lose the most if teachers walk off the job next Monday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It's a question that aides to any president seeking re-election should be ready to handle: Are Americans better off now than before he took office?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama declared that Republican rival Mitt Romney should be penalized for "unnecessary roughness" on the middle class and accused him in a ringing labor Day speech of backing higher taxes for millions in opposing the 2009 auto industry bailout.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - TV viewership for last week's Republican National Convention dropped sharply from 2008.
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - A police officer in suburban Los Angeles County has shot and killed a man trying to burglarize an adult video store.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are warning of dangerous rip currents at beaches along the coastline of Southern and Central California.
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest that forced the evacuation of thousands of visitors has grown another 500 acres and additional firefighting resources have been requested.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A freshman at California State University, Fresno, died Sunday after a night of drinking at an off-campus fraternity house, prompting university officials to suspend recognition of the fraternity.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, days after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.
Here are the top 10 largest partial lump-sum payments to retirees in the California State Teachers' Pension System, under a program that was intended to boost recruitment and retention of classroom teachers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - For nearly a decade, California's top-paid school administrators got to collect six-figure lump sum cash payments in addition to their pensions by taking advantage of a little-known legislative provision that was intended to help retain and recruit teachers during the dot-com boom.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philly's getting a new fan in the pages of Marvel Comics, but whether the City of Brotherly Shove takes to anti-hero Venom remains to be seen.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man festival on the Nevada desert drew crowds well within the maximum attendance cap allowed by federal land managers, a year after its organizers were placed on probation for exceeding the limit.
SOUTH EL MONTE (AP) - A couple wanted for shooting a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy before embarking on a series of carjackings on Sunday was identified as a man who recently escaped from jail with the help of his wife.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday - to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.
DETROIT (AP) - A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
BEIJING (AP) - Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.
DETROIT (AP) - A defense lawyer for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch says he repeatedly heard poundings - "boom, boom, boom" - outside his home before he opened the door and shot her in the face.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) - Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A young man died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes, authorities said Tuesday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
BOSTON (AP) - A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators believe the missing pregnant wife of a California-based Marine may have been shot while hunting with a married ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair.