JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Members of Nelson Mandela's family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates have suddenly jumped from near-record lows and are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a home.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 46-year-old hockey mom has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her son's 13-year-old friend, in a deal with prosecutors that will let her walk out of jail next month.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Commission has found an officer used unreasonable force when she allegedly kicked a woman in the crotch who died in a police car after her arrest.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday admonished the star of a Democratic filibuster that helped kill new Texas abortion restrictions, saying state Sen. Wendy Davis' rise from a tough upbringing to Harvard Law graduate should have taught her the value of each human life.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 36-year-old Orange County man has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his neighbor because he mistakenly thought the victim was a pedophile.
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) - California officials have relaxed water quality rules to help protect endangered salmon in the Sacramento River after a dry winter.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen's merchandise and media empire is fast unraveling.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Use of force by Colton police officers during an arrest that left a suspect dead early last year has been ruled justified.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Readings by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft confirm it's in unfamiliar territory, but it's still inside our solar system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah state senator used a celebration over two Supreme Court gay rights decisions to propose to his longtime partner.
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.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.