BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system - addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.
NEW YORK (AP) - Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los Angeles County has declined an estimated 95 percent - from about 480 issued in 2012 to only 24 through the first nine months of this year - since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect, officials said Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss his city's prized pizza.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found this week in the Southern California desert are believed to be a San Diego-area family of four who disappeared more than three years ago, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was politically motivated.
ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured when a camper in front of a Northern California home exploded following a propane leak.
NEW YORK (AP) - For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man's best friend first appear?
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard in Pinellas County on Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels.
NEW YORK (AP) - The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The steadily advancing Ukrainian army is setting its sights on the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, while Western officials on Wednesday warned that a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border could herald a major incursion to protect the separatists.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO assault rifle in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off California.
NEW YORK (AP) - With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.
BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi army airstrike targeting the Islamic State group that's seized wide swaths of territory across the country's north killed some 60 suspected militants Wednesday, state television reported.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world's most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.
BEIRUT (AP) - Fighting erupted again Wednesday in a Lebanese border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight. Muslim clerics launched new efforts to broker another cease-fire in what has been the most serious spillover to date from Syria's civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday seized an early lead over tea party favorite Milton Wolf in Kansas' primary as four states kicked off a busy month of contests to settle the ballots for November's midterm elections.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe to burst that flooded a landmark athletic arena at the University of California, Los Angeles and submerged hundreds of cars, officials said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A missing captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.