TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious - the body of his brother, Winston.
TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto City Council moved a step closer to making Rob Ford a mayor in name only following months of publicity surrounding his excessive drinking and drug use, and will look to complete those efforts next week when council resumes.
BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system - addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.
NEW YORK (AP) - Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of permits pulled to make porn films in Los Angeles County has declined an estimated 95 percent - from about 480 issued in 2012 to only 24 through the first nine months of this year - since a law requiring adult film actors to use condoms took effect, officials said Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss his city's prized pizza.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found this week in the Southern California desert are believed to be a San Diego-area family of four who disappeared more than three years ago, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crooks beware! Batkid is fighting crime Friday on the mean streets of San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was politically motivated.
ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured when a camper in front of a Northern California home exploded following a propane leak.
NEW YORK (AP) - For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man's best friend first appear?
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard in Pinellas County on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) - An ice storm gripped the winter-weary South on Wednesday, knocking out power to a wide swath of the region as the outages nearly doubled by the hour, and forecasters warned the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm was yet to come.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian warplanes pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, activists said, as opposition leaders in Geneva called on Russia to put pressure on the government to prevent the faltering peace negotiations from collapsing.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Forget the parkas and stocking hats. Sunscreen and shades are the must-have items at the Sochi "Winter" Games.
Researchers say there may be a link between weather and the risk for stroke.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three men have pleaded not guilty to causing a Southern California wildfire that burned five homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death - extending the right to children for the first time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Airline pilots and federal officials launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algeria's Ministry of Defense says 77 people were killed and one man survived after a military transport plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Algeria.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Shaun White lost to a kid they call the "I-Pod," and now, he may never hear the end of it.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.
With farmers and ranchers struggling against drought and subsequent water shortages, the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation said he welcomes Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation tackling the state's water crisis. Feinstein introduced legislation today that will increase the availability of water for farmers and other water users, as well as provide immediate drought relief for livestock ranchers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The timing of Shirley Temple's death has forced a change in the tradition of placing flowers at a Hollywood Walk of Fame star when an honoree dies.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Assailants threw grenades into a crowded movie theater in northwestern Pakistan, killing 11 people, officials said, in an attack that shows the challenges as negotiators face off in talks between the Taliban and the government.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drunk or worn it before.
ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters issued an unusually dire winter storm warning Tuesday for much of Georgia, but many residents already were heeding advice to stay home and off the roads, leaving much of metro Atlanta a ghost town during the usually busy morning commute.