CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was heading back to Cuba on Sunday for a third cancer surgery after naming his vice president as his choice to lead the country if the illness cuts short his presidency.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - With defeat in the Michigan Legislature virtually certain, Democrats and organized labor intend to make enactment of right-to-work laws as uncomfortable as possible for Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican allies while laying the groundwork to seek payback at the polls.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Some fog creeps in poetically on little cat feet through the Golden Gate. And then there is the prosaic fog of California's San Joaquin Valley that erupts from the soil in certain wintry conditions to put a stranglehold on the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An annual holiday concert attended by President Barack Obama and his family includes something non-traditional this year: a performance by South Korean rapper and Internet sensation PSY.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state's gay marriage law took effect.
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Three people died and four others, including two young girls, were wounded after a shooting on an Indian reservation in Central California, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - It sure didn't feel like a farewell. The Rolling Stones - average age 68, if you're counting - were in rollicking form as they rocked the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2½ hours Saturday night, their first U.S. show on a mini-tour marking a mind-boggling 50 years as a rock band. And though every time the Stones tour, the inevitable questions arise as to whether it's "The Last Time," to ...
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - The decaying carcass of a whale that washed onto a California beach was towed out to sea Saturday, five days after it washed ashore and created a stench near the Malibu homes of movie stars and millionaires.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man drove the wrong way for about 100 mph on a highway before causing a deadly head-on collision.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages. The Rockaway peninsula was deemed among the "most at risk."
BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Deep in a secure laboratory just outside Washington sits the federal government's heaviest smoker.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida's political world expects him to seek his old job.
MERCER, Pa. (AP) - A man's handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday, and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said.
CHICAGO (AP) - The nation's most influential pediatrician's group says gays should be allowed to marry to help ensure the health and well-being of their children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As Jay Leno lobs potshots at ratings-challenged NBC in his "Tonight" monologues, speculation is swirling the network is taking steps to replace the host with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show from Burbank to New York.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - They're called "leathernecks" or "Devil Dogs," but some of the Marines killed in a desert training accident this week were just a year or so out of high school, their boyish faces not yet weathered by life's hardships
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former city councilors in a small, blue-collar Los Angeles suburb that became a symbol of political greed were convicted Wednesday of stealing taxpayer money by creating a panel that helped boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year.
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - Vallejo police say a standoff with an armed man ended after officers entered the home and the suspect was found dead.
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) - The fatal shooting of Colorado's top prisons official when he answered the front door at his house highlights a troubling reality for the nation's judges, prosecutors and other legal officials: At a time when attacks on them are rising, it's difficult for them to remain secure, even when they are off duty.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in widely decried spending cuts aimed at restraining soaring federal deficits - and to avoid a government shutdown just a week away. President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats rejected a call to reopen White House tours scrapped because of the tightened spending.