SOCHI, Russia (AP) - It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Jay Leno has said goodbye to "The Tonight Show" before, but not like this. The comedian became tearful and choked up Thursday as he concluded what he called the "greatest 22 years of my life."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting threat at Los Angeles Valley College that prompted a campus shutdown.
SAN SIMEON, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 has occurred under the ocean off the central California coast near Hearst Castle.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it will spend $30 million this year on forest restoration projects in 12 states to reduce the threat of wildfires, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.
NEW YORK (AP) - A large piece of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago is headed to auction, where it could draw $800,000 to $1 million.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Despite a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carry-on luggage, some air travelers heading to the Sochi Olympics through Moscow have brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Violin virtuoso Frank Almond was walking to his car after an evening performance at the Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the rare and extremely valuable Stradivarius on loan to him.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fears of an economic slowdown are heightening anticipation of what Friday's U.S. jobs report for January might reveal.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - G.I. Joe is turning 50.
U.S. stocks rose sharply in morning trading Thursday as investors cheered new unemployment data and strong earnings from Disney. The market was rebounding a day after posting small losses.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses that were still in the dark and cold Thursday after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that of a hurricane.
WILLITS, Calif. (AP) - In this small logging town in Northern California's redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Concerned that ethical problems inside the military might run deeper than he realized, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered service leaders Wednesday to add urgency to their drive to ensure "moral character and moral courage" in a force emerging from more than a decade of war.
1. JERRY BROWN SEEKS TO MAKE HISTORY
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Homes and cars in parts of Nebraska and Iowa were pummeled Tuesday by baseball-sized hail and damaging winds as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including the Omaha area, where flooding left dozens of drivers stranded and prompted home evacuations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being sued by a woman who alleges that while she was employed by him, they had a romantic relationship and that he subjected her to racially and sexually offensive comments.
RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Voters in California's far northern counties weighed in Tuesday on whether to secede from the state in advisory measures that will gauge sentiment in a region long accustomed to feeling ignored by the Legislature and out of sync with the state's major cities.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With no divisive initiatives on the ballot Tuesday, the first statewide election under California's top-two system was not drawing much interest from voters despite some fiercely contested seats for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - About an hour after a California teen was discovered on a Hawaii runway in April, a nonplussed pilot preparing to depart tells air traffic controllers he will be a bit delayed because "a guy is seeming to have stowed away in the landing gear from San Jose to Maui."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic Party's grip on California politics get an early test of their prospects when primary voters select nominees for eight statewide offices.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A search of the San Francisco apartment of a social media expert turned up ball bearings, screws and components needed to make a homemade bomb, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials weren't sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has decided to give a letter of reprimand to a former Blue Angels commander accused of allowing sexual harassment in the workplace during his time as leader of the famed precision flying team.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.
DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.