1. DEADLY AL-QAIDA PLOT UNCOVERED, YEMEN SAYS
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama says security threats will never lead the U.S. to retreat from the world. He says Americans don't get terrorized.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California woman missing since Sunday worked as an investigator for the federal public defender's office to ensure death sentences were fair, her supervisor said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities are at Philadelphia's airport because of an apparent bomb threat made in connection with an incoming flight from Ireland.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money if he refinanced the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers - Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions - are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infants and toddlers smarter.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A smoldering wildfire in Riverside County southwest of Lake Elsinore is 73 percent contained.
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) - The children treated him like an uncle. He was close friends with their parents.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ticketholders aren't the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military spokesman says 60 militants have been killed and 103 arrested on the Sinai Peninsula as part of the army's operations there over the past month.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Residents from about 50 homes that were the last under evacuation orders near a Riverside County wildfire were allowed to return home Tuesday night as firefighters made consistent progress against the blaze.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry sinking that left 302 people dead or missing says all 15 crew members involved in the ship's navigation are now in custody.
BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) - An SUV driven by an elderly motorist plowed into a group of people waiting to enter an Orange County ice cream parlor Friday evening, killing a 73-year-old woman and injuring six others, authorities said.
DURHAM, Ore. (AP) - After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website - the first state in the nation to do so.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued a second executive order on Friday to deal with California's drought, taking additional steps to help fight wildfires and assist cities and farmers.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Connecticut high school Friday, and police were investigating whether a boy attacked her after she turned down an invitation to be his prom date.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pop legend Paul McCartney is set to return to Candlestick Park to offer a swan song to the San Francisco 49ers' former stadium.
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - The drivers of a FedEx truck and bus that collided in a fiery accident earlier this month both started their work days in Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late-season Pacific storm brought rain and snow to California on Friday, though it was not expected to make much of a dent in the state's ongoing drought.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA is concerned about recent violence in Brazil less than two months before it hosts the World Cup but remains confident the country will stage "the biggest party on Earth," FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said Thursday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.