ATLANTA (AP) - Kobe Bryant has been playing some of his best basketball since the All-Star break, almost single-handedly pushing the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoff race.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style of papacy than his tradition-minded predecessor, who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former "Price is Right" model in a pregnancy discrimination case and says a new trial is necessary.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake warning system that has been under development inCalifornia worked during this week's light but widely felt temblor, scientists said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.
Women treated with radiation for breast cancer are more likely to develop heart problems later, even with the lower doses used today, troubling new research suggests. The risk comes from any amount of radiation, starts five years after treatment and lasts for decades, doctors found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With their Ivy League pedigrees and East Coast addresses, Supreme Court justices often are rightly described as unrepresentative of the nation. But in one area, the justices look a lot like the rest of America.
MIAMI (AP) - A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.
NOME, Alaska (AP) - Last year, the youngest musher ever to win Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said his 25-year-old stamina gave him the advantage.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The people who bring you The Greatest Show on Earth will be taking Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and the X-Men on a worldwide road show.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats unveiled a largely stand-pat budget Wednesday that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending, while protecting the party's domestic policy priorities and adding $4 trillion more to the national debt than a slashing alternative from House Republicans.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to address an expected doctor shortage as California prepares to insure millions of new patients under federal health care reforms.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Veronica Mars" is kicking it on Kickstarter. The TV show about a crime-solving California teen looks like it is destined to be made into a movie after fans contributed $1.3 million and counting on the crowd-funding site on Wednesday. That makes the project the fastest yet to reach $1 million on Kickstarter - in 4 hours, 24 minutes - and the most-funded film or video project to date, according to ...
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average notched its ninth gain in a row, giving the index its longest winning streak in more than sixteen years.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors won't be filing charges of vandalism against "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor Jeff Garlin after he was accused of smashing a car window in a dispute over a parking space.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Netflix announced a deal on Monday to air television programming from Dreamworks Animation in what the company described as its biggest transaction ever for original first-run content.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Galaxy have acquired six-time MLS All-Star midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in a trade with the Colorado Rapids.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A standoff between Los Angeles police and two suspects in a stolen car has ended.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thirty-seven years after a downtown Los Angeles state building was torn down due to earthquake damage, the 1.9-acre site has been purchased by the city for another civic center park.
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Mohamed Lahna removes the prosthetic he uses for everyday activity, attaches another to his right leg worn specifically for running, then takes off around the bright blue track at the College of San Mateo among all the lunch-hour walkers and joggers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco is considering whether an airborne fungus that occurs naturally in the San Joaquin Valley presents enough of a public health danger that thousands of vulnerable state prison inmates should be moved to other locations.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) has told President Barack Obama that their positions on Syria do not coincide but both leaders agree on the need to push for negotiations in Syria's two-year-old civil war.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Court documents allege that a Los Angeles teacher arrested in the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife had threatened to kill her using piano wire, an ice pick, guns or pipe bombs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Environmental and fishing groups have filed a lawsuit against a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles plastic surgeon who appeared on TV's "The Doctors" has been found not guilty of secretly making video recordings of patients who undressed for examinations.
BANNING, Calif. (AP) - The Hathaway wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains north of Banning is now 67 percent contained.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa on Monday as they searched a field in suburban Detroit.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.