LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, two hours after Lee Baca stepped down as head of the nation's largest sheriff's department in the wake of a scandal over alleged jail beatings and corruption.
NEW YORK (AP) - As a New York City firefighter, Sarinya Srisakul didn't work with another woman for five years, and when she did, she took pictures because it was so rare.
TORONTO (AP) - Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fight over affirmative action in California's higher education system is coming back.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - African leaders are meeting in Ethiopia Thursday at a summit to discuss outbreaks of violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as food security across the continent.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An appeals court in Florence began deliberations Thursday in the third murder trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend as the star defendant waited on another continent with, in her words, "my heart in my throat."
ATLANTA (AP) - The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm - but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved higher in morning trading Thursday, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and an encouraging report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.
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TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have approved legislation to exempt space companies from paying property tax on space-flight property.
SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 14 people have been injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that has shut down all lanes of a Los Angeles County freeway.
NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) - Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven to action by the state's historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief of a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death said Wednesday he won't be pressured into publicly identifying the officer despite mounting demands from clergy, protesters and even hackers.
CAIRO (AP) - Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, potentially averting renewed violence and permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) - In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha's Vineyard following a foreign policy split.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday.
VORONEZH, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine remained parked Wednesday in the southern city of Voronezh, their fate shrouded in mystery as Ukraine accused Moscow of plotting to use them as a cover for invasion.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 24-year-old Portland, Oregon player has been crowned the national Scrabble champion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has finalized a $26 million payment to settle a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by garbage-truck drivers.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from the Israeli-Hamas war exploded as they were reporting on the conflict's aftermath.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment.
GOLETA (AP) - A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.