PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home after driving off a winding Southern California mountain road in an apparent attempt to kill himself and his girlfriend.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each year from the boom in natural gas drilling, transforming lives and livelihoods even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broader economy.
SEVARE, Mali (AP) - French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered momentum against the Islamist extremists who have ruled the north for more than nine months.
PHOENIX (AP) - Thomas Porter has something for sale that he believes a lot of people could be interested in. Many of them just don't know it yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend.
CAIRO (AP) - Relatives and angry young men rampaged through the Egyptian city of Port Said on Saturday in assaults that killed at least 27 people following death sentences for local fans involved in the country's worst bout of soccer violence.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's government has ordered an investigation into allegations that the sole emergency exit was locked at a garment factory where a fire killed seven female workers, an official said Sunday.
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Indonesia may hold the key to a $1 trillion injection into the global economy.
NEW YORK (AP) - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Paul Ryan has a message for fellow Republicans: Let's stick together and carefully pick our fights with President Barack Obama.
NEW YORK (AP) - Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits?
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Algeria's foreign minister acknowledged that security forces made mistakes in a hostage crisis at a Saharan gas plant in which dozens of foreign workers were killed during Algerian military strikes.
CUMMING, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Saturday he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, a decision that eases some of the burden the national Republican Party faces in retaking the Senate.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The suspect, hands and feet shackled, fidgeted in his chair, chuckling at times as he confessed to a brutal killing.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state - a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Sunni militants from the Islamic State group on Thursday seized Iraq's largest dam, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday in closing arguments that the athlete repeatedly lied during testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
HONOLULU (AP) - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it was Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.
CAIRO (AP) - A senior Hamas official said the group has decided not to extend a 72-hour cease-fire with Israel that expires on Friday morning. Before the end of truce, Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel, the army said.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Three federal judges weighing arguments in a landmark gay marriage hearing Wednesday peppered attorneys on both sides with tough questions, with one judge expressing deep skepticism about whether courts are the ideal setting for major social change and another saying the democratic process can be too slow.
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.