SANTA ANA (AP) - Preliminary testing released Wednesday by regional air quality officials found that smoke from the beach bonfires that dot the Southern California coastline pollutes the air in nearby neighborhoods and on the beaches themselves.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Sheriff's deputies and K-9 teams continue to search a San Jose neighborhood for a man a sheriff's spokesman is describing as a "person of interest" after a 1-year-old boy and a 40-year-old woman were stabbed to death in a home in an unincorporated part of the city.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the resignation of the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following a controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative political groups.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad was detonating homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Wednesday that a serious national security leak required the secret gathering of telephone records at The Associated Press as he stood by an investigation in which he insisted he had no involvement.
CHICAGO (AP) - In the new psychiatric manual of mental disorders, grief soon after a loved one's death can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain "senior moments" are called "mild neurocognitive disorder."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google Plus social network, including tools for sharing and enhancing photos.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee rebuffed Democratic efforts Wednesday to keep the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - More than four years after the world last heard from O.J. Simpson in court, one of the nation's most famous prisoners spoke again Wednesday in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence on Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, widening a probe that includes investigations by three committees in Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) - States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half- from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday. That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds, two for a 160-pound man.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two startup cooperatives have joined a crowded health insurance market in Oregon, offering a consumer-run experience and hoping to draw customers who prefer smaller not-for-profits, or who support underdogs and alternative, DIY culture.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities have identified three of the five people found dead in string of homicides in northern Nevada.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Under legislation that took effect Monday homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.
Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.
WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.