SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal railroad oversight board has given approval to the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start construction in the Central Valley.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a first, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, reflecting sweeping changes by race and class among young people. Due to an aging population, non-Hispanic whites last year recorded more deaths than births.
A ruling by the Supreme Court that human genes can't be patented is expected to increase access and drop the cost for tests for gene mutations that greatly raise the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man charged with kidnapping and intending to rape a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint says he accidentally climbed into her car and only wanted to get out.
GEISMAR, La. (AP) - An ground-rattling explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze Thursday that killed at least one person and left dozens more hurt, officials said.
LONDON (AP) - A glowing Kate Middleton on Thursday christened a gigantic new cruise ship named the Royal Princess.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A former sixth-grade teacher pleaded not guilty to having sex with a Southern California child who was a student of hers.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Police in a Northern California city believe a 93-year-old woman mistakenly put her car in reverse before she barreled backward down a sidewalk, narrowly missing two people training a guide dog for the blind.
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife experts have taken another leap forward in their efforts to save an endangered California frog.
America's biggest theme parks will pack in around 120 million people this year.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's prime minister issued a "final warning" to protesters on Thursday, demanding they end their occupation of a park next to Istanbul's Taksim Square that has ignited the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A jury has been selected in the death penalty case against Joseph Naso, who is charged with the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.
HAVANA (AP) - The Australian who had to give up her quest to swim from Cuba to Florida because of jellyfish stings said her run-in with the creatures was unexpected.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, is worth more than the government paid for it but far less than the former owner claimed, according to a commission report released Monday.
BANGKOK (AP) - Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house on Monday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.
A look at America's "new rich," a rising demographic group, according to survey data provided to The Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A top Ukrainian opposition party says heavily armed riot police have stormed its office in downtown Kiev. The move comes as the Ukrainian capital has been crippled by massive anti-government protests.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that if they don't resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad, defense officials said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa says United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians rallied Sunday in Kiev, denouncing President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to turn away from Europe and move toward Russia. It was the country's biggest protest since its pro-democracy Orange Revolution in 2004.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Nelson Mandela wasn't on life support and had many family members and doctors close by in his final hours, a family friend who was at his bedside said Sunday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain began to glaze most of the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, with officials urging people to stay off the roads, as North Texas and other states shook off the early remnants of the powerful storm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A magnitude-4.5 earthquake in central Oklahoma shook residents Saturday, just weeks after the two-year anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Sooner state, and was followed by two smaller temblors later in the day.