NEW YORK (AP) - The City Council on Thursday overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes to create a watchdog for the nation's biggest police department and make it easier to file profiling claims against officers amid applause from supporters and angry warnings from opponents.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids last year apologized for the first time for his "act of cowardice," but could not explain the atrocities to a military jury considering whether he should one day have a shot at freedom.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 50 people were recovering from injuries after a tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino sideswiped a car and overturned along a Southern California freeway, authorities said.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.
Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing a truck lane on southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14).
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home.
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) - A plan to remove memorial stones from the landmark Crystal Cathedral in Southern California is drawing opposition from donors who paid thousands of dollars to honor loved ones.
NEW YORK (AP) - The parents of a British tourist who was injured when a taxi jumped a curb said Thursday they are grateful for the help of bystanders including TV's Dr. Oz.
IRWINDALE (AP) - A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned on a Southern California freeway Thursday, injuring 50 people on board, authorities said.
ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) - Wildfires that shut down campgrounds in the southern Sierra Nevada have stopped growing and crews are close to surrounding them after days of hacking firelines through rugged timberland.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Military prosecutors asked jurors on Thursday to unanimously convict the soldier accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, insisting that evidence left "no question" that he planned and carried out the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A tentative deal has been reached involving the sexual harassment lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner but it's unclear whether the agreement includes his resignation, something demanded by a chorus of fellow Democrats and a long line of women who say Filner mistreated them.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park - one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. - more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings.
NEW YORK (AP) - There will be a different type of Sandman featured at the Apollo next month.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, wearing a white shirt and loafers while flashing a smile, was released from prison Thursday and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under house arrest.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - More than 107,000 Californians have enrolled for coverage through Nov. 30 under the state's health insurance exchange, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal Health and Human Services Department.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve McQueen's historic saga "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations list for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, cementing it as a solid Academy Awards prospect with four nominations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Opposition protesters in Ukraine have rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
NEW YORK (AP) - Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - World leaders and thousands of South Africans on Wednesday filed past the flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela, having a final look at the anti-apartheid icon in the amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years earlier as the country's first black president.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic landing aids were out of service due to construction, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Despite a year of setbacks, the parents of children lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre insist they won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The parents of a Marine sergeant who died while stationed in Greece say that they discovered weeks after his funeral that his body had been sent home without a heart - and that the Department of Defense later gave them somebody else's heart in its place.