WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week, though the total was elevated for the third straight week by technical problems in California.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea plans to allow six detained South Koreans to return home, officials in Seoul said Thursday, an unusual move that accompanied Pyongyang's separate approval of a visit by South Korean lawmakers to a recently restarted factory park both Koreas run in the North.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Rogers still records and performs - when the mood strikes him - but he's glad he no longer lives the life of a pop star.
BRUSSELS (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that trust between the U.S. and its partners has to be restored following allegations that American intelligence targeted her cellphone.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck explosion that shattered windows in North Hollywood was sparked when a man huffing propane inside the cab plugged in his cellphone charger.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Friends and neighbors of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Northern California sheriff's deputy while carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle have marched to remember the teen and protest the shooting.
BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, saying that would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed.
DALLAS (AP) - On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald left his wedding ring in a cup on the dresser and left $170 in one of its drawers before he headed for work at the Texas School Book Depository.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted a new trial on Wednesday by a Connecticut judge who ruled his attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was convicted in 2002 of killing his neighbor in 1975.
CHINO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a police gun accidentally fired during an anti-drug program at a Southern California school and three children were treated for minor injuries.
DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A well-liked teacher was found slain in woods behind this quiet Massachusetts town's high school, and a 14-year-old boy who was found walking along a state highway overnight was charged with killing her.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is opening a new cafe in New York City, and it won't serve any coffee.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said.
BOSTON (AP) - The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who faces a potential death penalty, is fighting to get access to investigative records that implicate his dead brother in a triple slaying in 2011.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Santa Cruz authorities say a boogie boarder has died after powerful waves sent him crashing into rocks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Transportation officials and motorists are celebrating the end of a massive project to widen a freeway through inland Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th Directors Guild of America Awards could give "Gravity," ''American Hustle" or "12 Years a Slave" the edge in the home stretch to the Oscars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.
L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) - Using steam to melt the ice, investigators searched the frozen-over ruins of a retirement home Friday for victims of a fire that left at least eight people dead and about 30 missing.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.
L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) - Using steam to melt the ice, investigators searched the frozen-over ruins of a retirement home Friday for victims of a fire that left about 35 people feared dead and cast such a pall over the village of 1,500 that psychologists were sent door to door.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say five members of a family, including three children, were rushed to a hospital after being struck by a car near a Los Angeles elementary school.
BURBANK (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he likes his life too much to run for president.
A red flag warning for fire danger is posted for much of Southern California as dry and gusty Santa Ana are once again expected to blow through the region.