SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California professor who set fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and a park apologized for his actions and says he lost himself in grief after the boy committed suicide.
LONDON (AP) - British TV mogul Simon Cowell says he's looking forward to being a father, his first public confirmation that he will be having a child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California authorities say a family friend who kidnapped a 16-year-old girl used a timer to set fire to his San Diego-area home, where the girl's mother and brother were found dead.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AP) - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales felt "inadequate as a soldier and as a man" when he left his remote post in Afghanistan in the middle of the night last year and attacked two mud-walled villages, gunning down men, screaming children and elderly women, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff's official says a gunman carrying an assault rifle fired shots into the air outside an Atlanta-area elementary school and was taken into custody a short time later.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A brother-in-law has died of injuries he received when he and an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop a man from stealing the officer's pickup truck from a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino valet stand, authorities said Tuesday.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A military judge began deliberating Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's sentence Tuesday for disclosing reams of classified information through WikiLeaks.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Jury selection is underway in the sentencing of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians during raids on two villages last year.
DETROIT (AP) - Elmore Leonard, the beloved crime novelist whose acclaimed best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug and conman, has died. He was 87.
LONDON (AP) - The British government defended the detention of a journalist's partner for nine hours at Heathrow Airport, saying Tuesday that it was right to stop anyone suspected of possessing "highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning should spend 60 years in prison because he betrayed the U.S. by giving classified material to WikiLeaks, a prosecutor said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of two homeless men whose bodies were discovered near a Glendora car wash last week.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of surfers paddled out on boards to remember a Southern California lifeguard who drowned a week ago while saving a swimmer caught in treacherous surf.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An early morning shootout in a Sacramento parking lot on Sunday left one man dead and at least four others wounded, authorities said.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adolescent girls in braids and pigtails and teenage boys wearing jeans and sneakers sat alongside their parents in the courtroom of Immigration Judge Frank Travieso to hear how long they might be allowed to stay in the United States.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California could soon start regulating the small but growing market for pet insurance under proposed legislation.
A verdict awarding $18 million to a San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten outside Dodger Stadium has settled - for now - one of the ugliest chapters in a longstanding rivalry.
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A Greyhound bus headed from St. Louis to New York City collided Sunday with a car on an eastern Indiana highway, killing one person and injuring at least 18 others, an official said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony is remaining with the Knicks, saying he wants "to stay and build here with this city and my team."
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A rookie police officer responding to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour drugstore was fatally shot early Sunday by a suspect who had snatched a gun from an armed security guard inside, officials said.