WASHINGTON (AP) - The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details.
NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift shares her feelings and personal experiences on her hit records, but the 23-year-old Grammy winner isn't worried about losing intimacy with her fans on a stadium tour.
BOSTON (AP) - A retired state police lieutenant has returned to the witness stand for a second day in the racketeering trial of reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A wildfire burning near Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.
CHICAGO (AP) - A massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds rolled through the Midwest Wednesday evening driving people into basements for shelter, tearing down power lines and causing flooding in low-lying areas.
STANTON, Calif. (AP) - Jan Cooper could see the would-be burglar's dark silhouette through a crack in the vertical blinds as he tried to slide open her porch door.
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - A 3-year-old boy and his 50-year-old grandmother apparently drowned in a family pool, police said Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has released a San Diego commander's flirtatious cellphone texts and emails that were sent to female sailors under his command.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a critically injured 4-year-old boy allegedly abandoned by his father at the scene of a San Diego car crash has died.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A former Fresno boys' basketball coach has pleaded no contest in the drunken driving hit-and-run death of a 7-year-old boy.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Bakersfield attorney called 911 after allegedly shooting his wife in their home.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California schools will receive an infusion of more than $3.6 billion in extra money this year, much of it targeted to the neediest students as part of a redistribution plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
TRACY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California produce company says it's recalling its chicken salad because the product label fails to disclose one of the dressing's ingredients.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A streetcar and bus collided Wednesday in downtown San Francisco, sending at least 15 people, including seven children, to a hospital, authorities said. None of the injuries were serious.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe real estate agent is taking marketing homes to new heights, along with new complications in federal aviation laws.