CHICAGO (AP) - With no signs of trauma and nothing to raise suspicions, the sudden death of a Chicago man just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings was initially ruled a result of natural causes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.
PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - The Harlem Globetrotters say they hope that deprived NHL fans have taken some comfort in watching basketball on ice.
NEW YORK (AP) - A California serial killer who left a trail of brutalized women's bodies in his wake was sentenced Monday in New York to an additional 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering two young women here in the 1970s.
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of hundreds of children from a Southern California elementary school Monday while police searched buildings to make sure the campus was safe.
ADDS QUOTES FROM CONGRESSMAN BUCK MCKEON WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite Republican misgivings, President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him "the leader our troops deserve." He also chose White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Controversy surrounds both choices, but the president called on the Senate to quickly confirm both. "The work of protecting our nation is ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death of teenagers across the
BEND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man who loves beer and loves his dog has concocted some hooch for the pooch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tanker struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of leaking oil and the bridge was open to traffic. officials said.
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades. "I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press. The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games during the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major ...
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - The mayor of a city near Newtown, Conn., on Monday proposed naming a school after Victoria Soto, a teacher who was killed in last month's elementary school massacre and hailed as a hero.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the first time in 40 years, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the Oscar nominations.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - David Letterman says he sees a psychiatrist once a week, part of his attempt to be the person he once believed he was.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co. said Monday that it agreed to license its brand to JK Imaging for certain consumer products, including digital cameras, pocket video cameras and portable projectors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers ended their final session of the year after raising California's minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation, as they also addressed issues including environmental protection, immigrant driver's licenses and teacher misconduct.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities said Thursday they believe a former Los Angeles airport security screener acted alone and there wasn't a larger plot when he made threats that closed some airport terminals on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban militants set off two suicide car bombs in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a gunbattle with security forces that left at least two Afghans dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The slowly recovering U.S. job market has helped women rebound faster than men: They've now regained all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. Men are still 2.1 million jobs short. And the gender gap is expected to persist until the job market is much healthier. To understand why, consider the kinds of jobs that are, and aren't, being added. Lower-wage industries, like retail, education, restaurants and hotels, have been hiring ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ray Dolby, audio pioneer, American inventor and founder of Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer. Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader of audio technology. His work in noise reduction ...
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A massive fire raging for hours burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses Thursday in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. More than three hours after the fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop, television footage showed flames still leaping into the sky and thick black smoke covering a stretch of the coastline. The fire was spreading into ...
REDDING (AP) - Crews assessing the damage from a wildfire in Northern California have now determined that 68 homes were destroyed, up from the earlier tally of 37, a fire official said on Thursday.
LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains and scarring from recent wildfires sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides early Thursday in Colorado, cutting off mountain towns, forcing the University of Colorado to cancel classes, and leaving at least three people dead.
NEW YORK (AP) - Christina Aguilera says that although she went to Rwanda to help others, she ended up helping herself.
LONDON (AP) - There will be no more perilous military helicopter missions for Prince William in the rugged mountainous terrain of northern Wales.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.
GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team open two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts on Thursday, hoping to emerge with the outlines of a plan for the complex task of safely securing and destroying vast stockpiles of Syrian chemical weapons in the midst of a brutal and unpredictable conflict.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama's overhaul.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.