CHICAGO (AP) - The defense depicts Sami Samir Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth sucked into a terrorist plot during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life by an informant eager to please his FBI handlers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren't up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama's health care law.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed two bills designed to better safeguard teachers and students from attacks.
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) - California Highway Patrol authorities say a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman was caused by a Marine falling asleep at the wheel of a Humvee and drifting into oncoming traffic in Joshua Tree.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A young man identified by the coroner as the driver in a single-car crash that killed five teenagers did not have a valid driver's license, DMV officials said Wednesday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The massive twin-tunnel system that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its accompanying delta habitat restoration plan will cost half a billion dollars more than previously reported, according to new estimates California state water officials released Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills intended to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman whose sharply conservative views on social and fiscal issues elevated her to a leader of the tea party movement, announced Wednesday she will not seek a fifth term but insisted the decision was unrelated to ethics inquiries or her near-loss last fall.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy claims the April confrontation between the federal government and his armed supporters was part of an age-old spiritual battle between good and evil.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian border security official said Monday that more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia, although both sides gave conflicting accounts as to why they had decided to cross the border.
KUNMING, China (AP) - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo's mayor announced Monday.
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
NEW YORK (AP) - New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) - A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.
William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It's looming and threatening, but there's little he can do.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha was moving over the Turks & Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday after emerging from the Dominican Republic, where overflowing rivers led to the temporary evacuation of dozens of families.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in northwest Ohio didn't just suddenly appear.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo's water supply, the mayor said Sunday, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels killed 10 Lebanese troops and likely captured over a dozen more in a raid on a Lebanese border town, the country's military chief said, the most serious spillover of violence yet into the tiny country from its neighbor's civil war.