CINCINNATI (AP) - Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across the state are making progress in containing the blazes.
TULARE, Calif. (AP) - In an animal laboratory in central California's dairy country, Juan Carlos Martin cleaned and fed dozens of cows.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire Saturday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.
As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration. Some examples:
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - The venerable road course at the south end of wine country has been tweaked, tightened and ever so slightly lengthened.
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a homeless man with felony animal cruelty after he allegedly grabbed a pelican in Malibu and strangled the bird with his bare hands.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on Earth.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A Metrolink commuter train with 38 passengers has slammed into a big-rig at an agricultural crossing near Camarillo Airport in Ventura County.
SAN JOSE (AP) - After a year of scorched-earth litigation, a jury decided Friday that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economic recovery hasn't felt much like one even for people who managed to find new jobs after being laid off. Most of them have had to settle for less pay.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened as it swirled toward vulnerable Haiti on Friday evening, threatening to bring punishing rains to people still without homes after the 2010 earthquake, but unlikely to gain enough steam to strike as a hurricane.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just Todd Akin. The fallout from the Missouri Senate candidate's "legitimate rape" comment was the latest signal that the Republican path to the majority in the Senate may have just gotten tougher.
The price of oil fell on Friday after a trade journal reported that Western countries might release more oil reserves.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A professional tennis referee accused of killing her 80-year-old husband has made her first court appearance in Los Angeles after being extradited from New York.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A water main break has flooded streets in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles - the third pipe failure in the neighborhood in three days.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials say a wildfire that prompted the evacuation of a small north-central Washington town has grown substantially to about 260 square miles.
LONDON (AP) - To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Now's the time to get moonstruck.
NEW YORK (AP) - Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) â" CBS is taking a wide-open approach to replacing Craig Ferguson in late-night, including the possibility of a host from politics, CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid hardening positions by both political parties, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he's losing optimism that Democrats and Republicans can agree before their summer break on legislation to address the influx of young Central Americans across the U.S. border.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.
GENEVA (AP) - Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.