MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.
LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.
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.
VIENNA (AP) - The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication they've fully mended ties.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach agreed Saturday to a cooling-off period following five days of striking that briefly shut the massive ports.
OAKLAND (AP) - Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world flight that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.