WASHINGTON (AP) - Busier factories and growing optimism among consumers could help the U.S. economy withstand the drag from government spending cuts and tax increases this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - USC interim coach Bob Cantu says nothing comes easy when it comes to games in the Pac-12 Conference.
BEIJING (AP) - U.S. universities have responded to China's exploding demand for American higher education with branch campuses and aggressive recruiting. Now, some are trying to boost their brands by casting photos and other snippets of campus life out into the confounding sea of Chinese social media.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shabazz Muhammad grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and made both free throws with 9 seconds remaining, helping UCLA hang on for a 74-69 victory over No. 11 Arizona on Saturday night that moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with idle Oregon in the Pac-12.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by sinkhole under his Florida home was called off Saturday while crews tried to learn how far the underground cavity reaches and whether more homes are at risk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An increase in the number of encounters between people and mountain lions has prompted state officials to consider giving game wardens more options besides shooting the animals, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/Y5SpLM ) Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneaking back in.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, prompting an angry response from the outfielder's agent.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Instead of making a move, Tiger Woods was stuck in neutral Saturday at the Honda Classic.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Ohashi won her first senior gymnastics competition, and Olympian Jake Dalton took the men's title on Saturday at the American Cup.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - NASCAR will look at the placement of gates at its tracks after a Nationwide Series car crashed through the fence at Daytona and injured more than two dozen fans.
DETROIT (AP) - It appears the appointment of an emergency manager to take over Detroit's failing finances is all but a done deal. But one question remains: Who will get the difficult, thankless job?
BEIRUT (AP) - The head of Syria's rebels said Friday that the food and medical supplies the United States plans to give his fighters for the first time won't bring them any closer to defeating President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's civil war.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Republicans are banking on a former state lawmaker to turn their party's fortunes around after a growing disconnect between the party and the California mainstream has left the party battered and broke.
WASHINGTON (AP) - George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution is going on tour to visit presidential libraries across the country.
GENEVA (AP) - The French and Iranian foreign ministers said early Sunday that a deal between six world powers and Iran has been struck that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Just after his team advanced to the Illinois state high school football championship Saturday, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin's coach had his players take a knee at midfield for a prayer with their opponents - a team from a town brought to its own knees just six days earlier by a deadly tornado.
BANGKOK (AP) - Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is a scorching hit at the box office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Operations were back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday following a car crash and false alarms that evacuated terminals, stalled dozens of flights and panicked passengers jittery after a recent shooting rampage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent $162 million on a new computerized billing system that has overcharged customers and sparked a flood of complaints.
PHOENIX (AP) - A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A powerful storm system is marching across the Western U.S., leaving parts of Arizona, Nevada and California soaked as it bears down on New Mexico with predictions of widespread snow and freezing temperatures.
GENEVA (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of other major powers were converging Saturday to lend their weight to the Iran nuclear talks after envoys reported progress in marathon negotiations to curb the Iranian program in return for limited sanctions relief.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."
PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) - An explosion in a western Wyoming gas field has injured five workers, one of them critically.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.