RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) - She was just 16, a shy girl whose life revolved around school and homework, when the phone call came that would change her life.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus won the 28th Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in her marathon debut, and Erick Mose of Kenya won the men's race with a personal best.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community's athletes.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rapper Tone Loc has collapsed on stage while performing in Iowa.
MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A teenage race car driver taking warm-up laps at a California raceway careened off the track and into pit row, killing a 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man, officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Crowds cheered and bagpipes bellowed during New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, and people with a fondness for anything Irish began a weekend of festivities from the Louisiana bayou to Dublin.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California teachers are seeing a steep drop in pink slips, thanks to a strengthening economy and new revenue from voter-approved taxes.
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver and injuring numerous others.
MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are seeking a suspect who they say shot his estranged wife outside the restaurant where she works.
BAGHDAD (AP) - It's been more than six years since a bomb ripped away the eyes from Shams Karim, killed her mother and left the little girl, now 7, blind and disfigured for life. Psychiatric drugs help control her outbursts of crying and screaming.
DENVER (AP) - A landmark expansion of background checks on firearm purchases was approved Friday by lawmakers in Colorado, a politically moderate state that was the site of last year's mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers approved a measure abolishing the death penalty on Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has long supported banning capital punishment.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The charity-run businesses under investigation in a Florida gambling probe started popping up in strip malls about six years ago and rapidly spread as the unregulated stores became a billion-dollar enterprise.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota on Friday moved closer to adopting what would be the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, with lawmakers sending the Republican governor measures that could set the state up for a costly legal battle over the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the procedure.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state has tentatively chosen a Massachusetts-based firm led by a University of California, Los Angeles, professor to be its official marijuana consultant.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Corey Perry is following Ryan Getzlaf's lead yet again, sticking the Anaheim Ducks for the long term.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime Northern California politician pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges that he used campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.