LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week with nearly $33 million.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania beauty queen who resigned after alleging that the Miss USA pageant had been fixed says she is stunned by an arbitrator's ruling that she must pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure while parents will have an additional hurdle if they choose not to vaccinate their children, under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man's tradition of handing out cash totaling $1,000 to homeless men was broken when he was turned away by a shelter on Christmas Day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says 50 U.S. troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate U.S. citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A late-night fire swept through a San Jose apartment, leaving three people dead, injuring three others, and forcing the evacuation of nearly 60 people, authorities said Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After the Democratic president won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. With a federal deadline approaching, he also said while Florida won't set up the exchange for individuals to buy private insurance policies, the feds can do it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.
PARIS (AP) - Embattled French President Francois Hollande suffered a fresh setback Saturday when France's highest court threw out a plan to tax the ultrawealthy at a 75 percent rate, saying it was unfair.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle a lawsuit the circus filed after courts found that activists paid a former circus worker for his help in claiming the circus abused elephants.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - "Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson and his charity are suing their insurer to cover the cost of defending their legal woes of the past 18 months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Confused about the federal budget struggle? So are doctors, hospital administrators and other medical professionals who serve the 100 million Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lots of questions, but still no answers in the NHL labor fight.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities have discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity and ventilation not far from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona, U.S. and Mexican officials said Friday.
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.