UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.
NEW YORK (AP) - Will Washington be the Grinch who stole Christmas?
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Antonia Brenner, an American nun who was raised in Beverly Hills and abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican prison, has died at the age of 86.
Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing a truck lane on southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14). More information about the project is here.
ATLANTA (AP) - Lottery officials say the Mega Millions game will have bigger and faster growing jackpots as a result of a series of upcoming changes.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transit workers are on strike for the second time since July, scrambling the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of workers who were up before dawn to clog highways, swarm buses and shiver on ferry decks as they found alternative ways to the office.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he's donated an exceptional pair of bright, cactus-themed socks to a church fundraiser.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said Friday.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing an Indiana half marathon has died just a week after receiving a medal for completing the race.
NEW YORK (AP) - Strong third-quarter results have sent Google's stock past the $1,000 mark for the first time.
CYPRESS (AP) - An Orange County man has returned home with his young son four years after his ex-wife violated a court order and absconded with the boy to her native Zambia.
CHICAGO (AP) - Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.
NEW YORK (AP) - "The Lion King" has more reason to roar - it's on pace to end the week as the first Broadway show to earn $1 billion.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against an Arizona man who was recently detained by police while trying to meet the singer-actress.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mother has been charged with stabbing to death her three young daughters, whose bloody bodies were found on a bed at her Southern California home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling is turning his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers over to his estranged wife, and she is in talks with the NBA to sell the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.
LONDON (AP) - In the battle royal over Richard III's bones, Britain's High Court has given the victory to Leicester.
SANTA PAULA (AP) - Authorities say at least one person was killed when a helicopter crashed in Santa Paula.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, voicing hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles commuters who dealt with traffic tie-ups, lane re-routings and warnings over gridlock events dubbed "Carmageddon" and "Jamzilla" have been rewarded with a new 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405.
PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena police are investigating after a Caltrans crew clearing brush discovered human bones on a hillside near the 134 Freeway.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.
KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oil equals boom - especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.