SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a pair of bills that would expand Medicaid to more than 1 million low-income Californians, a critical step to implementing federal health care reforms.
CHICAGO (AP) - After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The last cardinal who will participate in the conclave to elect the next pope arrived in Rome on Thursday, meaning a date can now be set for the election. One U.S. cardinal said a decision on the start date is expected soon.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that a deep partisan divide remained over gun curbs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.
NEW YORK (AP) - By adopting the nation's toughest abortion law in the face of certain legal challenge, Arkansas legislators have exposed sharp tactical divisions within the national anti-abortion movement.
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Several good Samaritans chased down and detained a registered sex offender who allegedly tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman, Southern California authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore is seeking spousal support from estranged husband Ashton Kutcher.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The son of a taxi driver killed in a spectacular fiery crash following a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting on the Las Vegas Strip has filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the self-described pimp arrested in Los Angeles as a fugitive in the case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has proposed taking over LA's financially troubled Museum of Contemporary Art and raising $100 million to operate its two campuses.
DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - The Seattle-area intern fatally mauled by a lion at a Central California exotic animal park loved lions and tigers since childhood, "was absolutely fearless" around them and hoped to work at a zoo after her six-month internship, her father said late Wednesday.
Willpower apparently can be bought. The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds - four times more weight than others who were not offered dough to pass up the doughnuts.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook is trying to breathe new life into its social network with a redesign of its News Feed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. says it will take necessary steps to defend itself and its allies after North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - On the first day of his trial Monday, George Zimmerman got a look at the people who might decide whether he committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern and Central California are on high alert, as a storm system with dangerous lightning moves through the region.
Amazon.com says it has expanded its grocery delivery service to Los Angeles and may add more markets in the future.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Ten elderly women escaped unharmed when the limousine they were in burst into flames while idling in Northern California, authorities and a passenger said.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Santa Monica College reopened under extra security Monday except for the library, where police shot and killed a heavily armed gunman after a rampage that left five people dead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The newest hot, young thing in Los Angeles is a guy you can't take your eyes off of. He's well-built, with a winning smile and engaging personality. He doesn't say a lot, preferring to let his performance speak for him.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold senior-level talks this week in Seoul, a breakthrough of sorts to ease tensions after Pyongyang's recent threats of nuclear war and Seoul's vows of counterstrikes.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie about her fight over the pollution of a California town, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - On a feel-good night for Broadway, it was only natural that the Tony Award go to its most feel-good musical, the joyous "Kinky Boots." But most everything about Sunday's Tony telecast was warmhearted, from inspiring speeches about the theatrical community to the inspired antics of Neil Patrick Harris, who should officially be awarded the host job on a permanent basis.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Japanese troops will converge on California's southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country's amphibious attack abilities.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government.
NEW YORK (AP) - Talented children and high-energy musical performances will be on tap Sunday night as the Tony Awards kick off, capping a season that hasn't produced a runaway favorite show and only one starry celebrity nomination in Tom Hanks.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.
PALM SPRINGS (AP) - It may not have been Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev's Cold War walk by a frozen lake.