WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has picked Sally Jewell, a business executive who has earned national recognition for her support of outdoor recreation and habitat conservation, to lead the Interior Department, the White House said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday accused Standard & Poor's of refusing to warn investors that the housing market was collapsing in 2006 because it would be bad for business.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Three men have been arrested for distributing illegal bath salts at head shops in what authorities say is the first criminal case in California involving the sale of the synthetic drug.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Elvira Garcia Jimenez, a 40-year-old doctor at a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital, brought along her mother and her teenage son on a day trip to a Southern California ski resort with a tight knit group of her co-workers.
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-developing African force.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization's national meeting in May.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before he was killed during the rescue operation, the FBI said Tuesday night. Also, bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man.
NEW YORK (AP) - They frolic in empty boxes and stick their heads under faucet streams of water. They dance on tippy toes and fly through the air with Pop-Tarts. They play piano wearing little frocks and get tickled to distraction to the delight of millions on YouTube.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's easy to forget now, but Michael Dell was the Mark Zuckerberg of his day.
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York exhibition of art inspired by Superstorm Sandy is being included in a larger look at how artists respond creatively to natural disasters.
CAIRO (AP) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Cairo on Tuesday, the first by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, highlights efforts by Egypt's Islamist leader to thaw long frigid ties between the two regional heavyweights.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A 911 recording and documents released Tuesday reveal more about the possible state of mind of the Iraq War veteran charged with gunning down a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend at a Texas shooting range.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A mid-winter storm brought colder temperatures and much-needed rain and snow to California on Tuesday and threatened snowfall on even relatively low-elevation San Francisco Bay area mountain peaks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is holding its second auction of carbon permits under its cap-and-trade program meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - A shooting spree early Tuesday left three people dead and two others injured in Orange County, and the search for the gunman ended when he shot himself to death in a stolen car as police closed in, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The International Space Station regained contact with NASA controllers in Houston after nearly three hours of accidental quiet, the space agency says.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears likely to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
LONDON (AP) - BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.
Two major sponsors, Oakley and Nike, distanced themselves from Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Monday after the South African sports star was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.
Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.
Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius told a packed courtroom Tuesday that he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. The prosecutor called it premeditated murder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The CIA thrillers "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.