NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge ordered a Tennessee county on Wednesday to move ahead with opening a Muslim congregation's newly built mosque after a two-year fight from opponents.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sylvia Woods, founder of the famed Harlem soul food restaurant that carries her name and is a must-stop for locals, tourists and politicians, has died. She was 86.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley mother charged in the killing of her young daughter remains behind bars after making her first court appearance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles federal judge has denied an emergency bid to halt California's ban on the sale of foie gras.
A member and former chairman of the Penn State board of trustees resigned on Thursday, becoming the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
FORESTHILL (AP) - Fire crews aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity made significant gains Wednesday against California's wildfires.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy expanded modestly in June and early July, but growth and hiring slowed in several parts of the country. The key findings of the Federal Reserve survey echoed the gloomier outlook that Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered to Congress this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California board voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, calling it the best option for preventing damaging cuts at the 10-campus system.
BEIRUT (AP) - Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria's power elite Wednesday, detonating a bomb inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law and the defense minister.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - A defiant Mitt Romney brushed aside more calls for the release of his tax returns on Wednesday and instead accused President Barack Obama of protecting his job at the expense of millions of unemployed Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - American Airlines is celebrating the seven-decade service of a New York mechanic who turns 87 next month and has no plans to retire.
BOSTON (AP) - Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.
LONDON (AP) - "Sex And The City" move over. Here comes "Sex In The Village." Make that athletes village. As in Olympics.
NEW YORK (AP) - He has what most politicians can only dream of: widespread name recognition, a hefty campaign account, and a buzzing media circus that follows his every move.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a recent speech, President Barack Obama referred to the "middle class" 14 times, defining it as a family that makes up to $250,000 a year. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has looked at it from the other direction, saying that someone who falls into poverty "is still middle class."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors which may mask real alarms of danger.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents hundreds of miles away.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A jury Friday found a Utah man guilty of child abuse homicide in the death of a teenage baby sitter who prosecutors say died after the man gave her a lethal dose of drugs during a night of sex that also included the man's wife.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brandi Craig awoke before dawn Friday to a desperate scene as firefighters smashed their way into a duplex that was engulfed in flames across the street in her north Minneapolis neighborhood while tenants, including a family with seven young children, shouted for help.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Simon Cowell is a proud new father.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder after an argument over loud music outside of a convenience store.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials say that 243 people in the state have died from the flu this season, and authorities are investigating an additional 41 deaths this year as possibly flu-related.
In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crews are set to pour concrete to lay the foundation for the tallest building to be built west of the Mississippi - and they're hoping it's one for the history books.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state senator has introduced a bill that would allow people living in the country illegally to buy health insurance through the state.
PALM SPRINGS (AP) - President Barack Obama drew a link between climate change and California's drought, and said the U.S. must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone's water needs are satisfied.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Jamzilla" has begun. But whether the freeway closure becomes a monster worthy of its name remains to be seen.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry.
PHOENIX (AP) - With much of the Northeast gripped by snow and ice storms, the Southwest is riding a heat wave that is setting record high temperatures and sent people to beaches and golf courses in droves Friday.