NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed two bills designed to better safeguard teachers and students from attacks.
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) - California Highway Patrol authorities say a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman was caused by a Marine falling asleep at the wheel of a Humvee and drifting into oncoming traffic in Joshua Tree.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A young man identified by the coroner as the driver in a single-car crash that killed five teenagers did not have a valid driver's license, DMV officials said Wednesday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The massive twin-tunnel system that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its accompanying delta habitat restoration plan will cost half a billion dollars more than previously reported, according to new estimates California state water officials released Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills intended to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman whose sharply conservative views on social and fiscal issues elevated her to a leader of the tea party movement, announced Wednesday she will not seek a fifth term but insisted the decision was unrelated to ethics inquiries or her near-loss last fall.
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a Disneyland employee on suspicion of placing a so-called dry ice bomb in a trash can at the theme park.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A senior Afghan official said security forces rescued seven foreigners working for the International Red Cross on Wednesday after a two-hour-long gun battle with insurgents at a guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The hoopla surrounding the return of "Arrested Development" on Netflix's Internet video service has quickly dissolved into a letdown on Wall Street.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that the Philippine Embassy had sent over.
BOSTON (AP) - It's kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - A security official says convoys of the Libyan military are deploying in the capital city of Tripoli to force out militiamen.
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr's wife and adult son didn't have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is headed back to Mars, this time with a robotic scout named Maven that will attempt to solve the mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Boeing 737 jetliner crashed and burst into flames Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard in the latest in a string of deadly crashes across the country.
CHICAGO (AP) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.
BEIRUT (AP) - Thousands of Syrians poured into Lebanon over the past two days, taking shelter in wedding halls and makeshift shacks after fleeing heavy fighting in a rugged mountain region across the border in western Syria, U.N. and local officials said Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week, holding off "The Best Man Holiday," according to studio estimates Sunday.
ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) - As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's government plans to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power, the interior minister said Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.
LONDON (AP) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling and often-polarizing author of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died Sunday. She was 94.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.
TORONTO (AP) - When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful.