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. Sonoma County Coroner's Det. Jody Olney says lifeguards pulled the 60-year-old man from the water off Salt Point State Park Saturday morning. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. His name was being withheld pending notification of relatives. The Press Democrat says (http://bit.ly/19aYNJW) the state park is a popular destination for recreational abalone divers. In April, a 36-year-old San Francisco man ...
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.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - For nearly a year, as many as 15 girls ganged up on 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and picked on her, authorities say, bombarding her with online messages such as "You should die" and "Why don't you go kill yourself."
SANTA ANA (AP) - To get the driver's licenses they've long sought, immigrants living in California illegally will have to do something many have long resisted: publicly identify themselves.
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama says his administration will continue to support New Jersey in its efforts to recover and rebuild after a fire devastated part of a boardwalk just recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say companies cannot require employees to receive their pay on debit cards, citing complaints from workers of high and unexpected fees on the cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin warning employers against using only so-called payroll cards to pay workers. The agency said that by law workers must be able to choose how they receive their wages. If they choose to be paid with payroll cards, they ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California outdoorsman who led crews of volunteers through the Sierra Nevada mountains repairing trails and cleaning up marijuana grow sites has died after falling from a helicopter, authorities said.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, spilling normally scenic mountain rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Lindsay Lohan's mother is facing a drunken driving charge in New York following a traffic stop on Long Island. State police say Dina Lohan was stopped on Nassau County's Northern State Parkway at 11 p.m.
NEW DELHI (AP) - An Indian court Friday sentenced to death four men for the gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack that riveted India, where it became a symbol of the widespread mistreatment of women and the government's inability to deal with crime.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The war in Syria isn't the easiest topic to break down in a brief newscast. But that's exactly what Senegalese rapper Makhtar "Xuman" Fall does - and throws it down in rhyme no less.
MOSCOW (AP) - A pre-dawn fire swept through a Russian psychiatric hospital Friday, killing 37 people, officials said. Authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building dating to the 19th century was unsafe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Legislature approved a bill that would require development of an earthquake early warning system similar to what exists in Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist on a city sidewalk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers ended their final session of the year after raising California's minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation, as they also addressed issues including environmental protection, immigrant driver's licenses and teacher misconduct.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities said Thursday they believe a former Los Angeles airport security screener acted alone and there wasn't a larger plot when he made threats that closed some airport terminals on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.