CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the first big test of a lofty goal to get the entire planet online.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - For more than three months, the U.S. military has faced off with defiant prisoners on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, strapping down as many as 44 each day to feed them a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal tube to prevent them from starving to death.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With their passports in tow, Iranian-Americans and expatriates trickled into polling sites across the United States on Friday, joining their countrymen half a world away in voting in Iran's presidential election.
BRENTWOOD (AP) - A woman has died and six others, including four children and a pregnant woman, have been injured in a crash in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Crews battling the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history say they were better prepared to take on the flames because of lessons learned fighting last year's Waldo Canyon Fire, a similarly devastating blaze that devoured hundreds of homes and killed two people only a few miles away.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - An abalone diver has drowned in the waters off Northern California.
A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they'd like to be one someday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries - and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Santa Cruz police say they have arrested five people on charges that they allegedly turned a disabled man's home into a drug house and bicycle chop shop while failing to care for him as they were supposed to.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The woman who was kicked by Miguel during a Billboard Music Awards performance continues to suffer cognitive difficulties and has yet to receive any assistance from the R&B singer nearly a month after the incident, her attorney said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, won three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on "Sesame Street."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Long Beach Unified School District has won a $2.6 million judgment against a woman who falsely accused a former high school football star of rape that landed him in jail.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hasan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A jury has awarded $55 million to a Southern California man who lost his legs because he claims a private security firm's guard failed to protect him from gang members who shot him at an apartment building.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.
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