BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it's turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - By switching from studying business management to training as a nurse, 19-year-old Anita Taraky has placed a bet on the future of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar - that once foreign troops are gone, private-sector jobs will be fewer but nursing will always be in demand.
JERUSALEM (AP) - They spent their journalistic careers analyzing, covering and skewering Israel's politicians. Now, a striking number are vying to join their ranks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vigorously pursued their last, longshot chances for taking control of the Senate - Pennsylvania topped their list - as Democrats remained cautiously optimistic that they'd retain their narrow majority after Tuesday's suspense-filled elections.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking everyone from students to venture capitalists to lend a hand in pushing his struggling $6 billion tax increase across the finish line.
RIALTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a woman's body was found and 60 people were displaced at an apartment fire in San Bernardino County, and police are investigating whether her death was a homicide and the fire set deliberately.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - The war against marijuana farming in southern Utah being waged by multiple agencies is working, U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow said. Barlow, at a news conference Thursday, said a string of raids has resulted in a sharp reduction in the amount of the drug being cultivated in the region. He cited statistics showing about 13,000 plants were recovered from three farming sites in Washington, Iron and Juab counties ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire - George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.
NEW YORK (AP) - More New Yorkers got power Saturday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the region, but frustrations mounted over gasoline shortages as refueling sites turned into traffic jams of horn-honking confusion.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels launched a dawn assault Saturday on a strategic airbase in the north of the country, trying to disrupt strikes by warplanes and helicopters that pound rebel-held towns and give the regime of President Bashar Assad a major edge in the civil war.
NEW YORK (AP) - For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.
MENTOR, Ohio (AP) - Reaching for the finish line, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama embarked Saturday on the final 72-hour haul of their long, grinding quest for victory, swatting at one another over what should motivate Americans to vote and making closing arguments that offer dueling pictures of what the next four years can and should bring.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Arizona group can continue to withhold documents related to an $11 million contribution to a California political action committee while it appeals a lower court ruling, California's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court is poised to consider Arizona's earliest-in the-nation ban of most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy amid debate over both its legality and its practical impact on women if allowed to take effect.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state has tentatively chosen a Massachusetts-based firm led by a University of California, Los Angeles, professor to be its official marijuana consultant.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Corey Perry is following Ryan Getzlaf's lead yet again, sticking the Anaheim Ducks for the long term.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime Northern California politician pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges that he used campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.