FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man charged with kidnapping and intending to rape a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint says he accidentally climbed into her car and only wanted to get out.
GEISMAR, La. (AP) - An ground-rattling explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze Thursday that killed at least one person and left dozens more hurt, officials said.
LONDON (AP) - A glowing Kate Middleton on Thursday christened a gigantic new cruise ship named the Royal Princess.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A former sixth-grade teacher pleaded not guilty to having sex with a Southern California child who was a student of hers.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Police in a Northern California city believe a 93-year-old woman mistakenly put her car in reverse before she barreled backward down a sidewalk, narrowly missing two people training a guide dog for the blind.
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife experts have taken another leap forward in their efforts to save an endangered California frog.
America's biggest theme parks will pack in around 120 million people this year.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's prime minister issued a "final warning" to protesters on Thursday, demanding they end their occupation of a park next to Istanbul's Taksim Square that has ignited the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A jury has been selected in the death penalty case against Joseph Naso, who is charged with the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.
HAVANA (AP) - The Australian who had to give up her quest to swim from Cuba to Florida because of jellyfish stings said her run-in with the creatures was unexpected.
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).
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.
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