AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, a federal court overseer said Friday in dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.
The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.
For anti-doping officials, Lance Armstrong's admission of cheating was only a start. Now they want him to give details - lots of them - to clean up his sport.
ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he takes his oath of office on the holiday honoring the slain icon, marking what some say is an inextricable tie between the nation's first black president and the civil rights movement.
DENVER (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a Fox News reporter to testify about who gave her information about a notebook that the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado theater had sent to his psychiatrist.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoping to fight sexual assault in its own ranks, the Air Force said Friday a sweep of airbase offices worldwide found thousands of suspect materials ranging from pornographic films to a beer bong.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California system has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Matthew Macfadyen is perfectly presentable in jeans and a crewneck sweater that coordinates nicely with the blue of his eyes.
PARIS (AP) - The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of "Django Unchained" action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have adjourned for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorneys for victims of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion are meeting with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to negotiate a possible global settlement to resolve the remaining civil suits filed in the wake of the blast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether a faulty steering wheel caused a California raceway crash that killed two people, including the young cousin of the teenage driver, officials said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former California Department of Corrections official has been named assistant sheriff in charge of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Custody Division.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is mixing his Argentine past with his Roman present to create his new papal coat of arms, while harking back to a pope associated with the Second Vatican Council for the simple ring that he will receive during Tuesday's installation Mass.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan has accepted a plea deal in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a rehabilitation facility.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on training missions over South Korea to highlight Washington's commitment to defend an ally amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pentagon officials said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Tony Awards are going back to the place where the Rockettes high-kick it.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A former University of Oklahoma starting quarterback was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose buildings have been praised for their fluid beauty and balance between the physical and virtual world, has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize's jury announced Sunday.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia plans to restore limited military cooperation with Myanmar and increase business ties with the Southeast Asian nation.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a college student discovered weapons and explosive devices in a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando early Monday, and hundreds of students were evacuated, though the school said there was no immediate threat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After 27 years, the murder trial of a man who posed as a member of the fabled Rockefeller family is getting under way with opening statements to the jury.
The Pac-12 Conference has fined Arizona coach Sean Miller $25,000 for his actions following the 18th-ranked Wildcats' loss to UCLA in the semifinals of the conference tournament.