LOS ANGELES (AP) - Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.
UPLAND, Calif. (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A phone book company has settled a lawsuit over its placement of a Montana restaurant in the "Animal Carcass Removal" section of its yellow pages, a listing the restaurant owner says cost him customers and made him the butt of a Jay Leno joke. The terms of the Nov. 16 deal between Dex Media Inc. and Big Sky Beverage Inc., the parent company of Bar 3 Bar-B-Q, were not disclosed. ...
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Dallas trucker detained for seven months in Mexico on accusations that he had tried to smuggle assault rifle ammunition into the country has returned to the United States.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play by Saturday.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Family and friends of former boxing champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho kept a somber vigil Friday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he remains on life support.
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) - Gravy was still warm. Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began, heralding a new era of American consumerism.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has recalled dozens of lots of its generic version of cholesterol drug Lipitor because some may contain tiny glass particles, the latest in a string of manufacturing deficiencies that once led U.S. regulators to bar imports of the Indian company's medicines.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wal-Mart workers and supporters marched in protest at a number of stores nationwide Thursday and Friday, blasting the wages, benefits and treatment of employees of the world's largest retailer.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel as California's first independent inspector general of the California Military Department.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the presidential election are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) - For his first professional acting job, a 22-year-old Anthony Hopkins took a train from South Wales to Manchester. With time to kill on a rainy day, he dropped off his bags and headed to the movies, where a long queue wound outside the cinema.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.
The stock market enjoyed some Black Friday cheer, rising sharply as shoppers braved the annual post-Thanksgiving rush. Major stock indexes closed one of their best weeks of the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is producing jobs at a still-subpar pace - a trend the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding this month whether to slow its bond buying and, if so, by how much.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports Thursday based on internal U.S. government documents.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oxnard wants to buy a federal Superfund site that has become a magnet for crime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An accident has stopped Angels Flight, the tiny funicular railway that goes up and down a hill in downtown Los Angeles.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is headed back to the moon, this time to explore its thin atmosphere and rough dust.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday - a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a girl!
NEW YORK (AP) - Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events, including the Style Awards at the Lincoln Center tents that serve as a hub for the next eight days.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.