TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious - the body of his brother, Winston.
TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto City Council moved a step closer to making Rob Ford a mayor in name only following months of publicity surrounding his excessive drinking and drug use, and will look to complete those efforts next week when council resumes.
BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system - addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.
NEW YORK (AP) - Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los Angeles County has declined an estimated 95 percent - from about 480 issued in 2012 to only 24 through the first nine months of this year - since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect, officials said Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss his city's prized pizza.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found this week in the Southern California desert are believed to be a San Diego-area family of four who disappeared more than three years ago, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was politically motivated.
ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured when a camper in front of a Northern California home exploded following a propane leak.
NEW YORK (AP) - For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man's best friend first appear?
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard in Pinellas County on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Bill Porter, the door-to-door salesman in Portland, Ore., who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, has died at 81.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Citrus grower Fred LoBue breathed a sigh of relief on Friday after two sleepless nights monitoring the icy temperatures in his family's Central Valley orange groves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A suburban Nashville couple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald's drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.