SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The wandering wolf dubbed OR-7 has enjoyed well over his 15 minutes of fame. But even with continued public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The International Monetary Fund pledged up to $18 billion in loans Thursday to prop up Ukraine's teetering economy, and the prime minister warned that everyone is going to feel some pain from the necessary financial reforms ahead.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Hints about the lost Malaysian jetliner piled up Thursday, but there was precious little chance to track them down. Bad weather cut short the hunt for possible debris fields from the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage.
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.
TOKYO (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's distinctive hairstyle is the 'do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren't exactly sharpening their scissors.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Sharp differences over abortion and birth control surfaced as President Barack Obama held his first meeting Thursday with Pope Francis, even as the president sought to emphasize common ground issues like economic inequality during a much-anticipated Vatican visit.
CHICAGO (AP) - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Wednesday proposed to downgrade the status of the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened, saying the California amphibian is no longer in danger of extinction.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a Republican bill to limit the president's ability to designate new national monuments, a step President Barack Obama and other presidents have taken to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.
SPRING, Texas (AP) - A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot the death, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Air raid sirens have wailed across Jerusalem, signaling that Palestinian militants have fired a rocket at the city.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling, challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a brand new iPhone 5S on the condition that she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Since Rubi Rubio had already broken two phones before, Hernandez told her daughter that if she broke this one, it would be her last.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose.
NEW YORK (AP) - American Apparel Inc. has reached a preliminary deal with investment firm Standard General to receive a $25 million investment to bolster the clothing chain's finances, a person close to the negotiations said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home, prosecutors said.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.
SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.
LONDON (AP) - The British website Mail Online apologized Wednesday to George Clooney for alleging that his fiancee's mother opposed their marriage on religious grounds - a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.
NEW YORK (AP) - The car-hailing service Uber is taking on New York City's taxis, temporarily dropping some of its prices by 20 percent.