SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday for allowing his brother-in-law - a wanted migrant smuggler - to get through his inspection lane.
AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, a federal court overseer said Friday in dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.
The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.
For anti-doping officials, Lance Armstrong's admission of cheating was only a start. Now they want him to give details - lots of them - to clean up his sport.
ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he takes his oath of office on the holiday honoring the slain icon, marking what some say is an inextricable tie between the nation's first black president and the civil rights movement.
DENVER (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a Fox News reporter to testify about who gave her information about a notebook that the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado theater had sent to his psychiatrist.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoping to fight sexual assault in its own ranks, the Air Force said Friday a sweep of airbase offices worldwide found thousands of suspect materials ranging from pornographic films to a beer bong.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California system has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Matthew Macfadyen is perfectly presentable in jeans and a crewneck sweater that coordinates nicely with the blue of his eyes.
PARIS (AP) - The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of "Django Unchained" action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have adjourned for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - The search for a missing kayaker who disappeared in Lake Del Valle in Livermore is being suspended while crews seek more funding for additional resources.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an 84-year-old woman who was pushed off a Los Angeles train platform.
BERLIN (AP) - Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called "the global threat of our time."
BANNING, Calif. (AP) - An 11-day-old wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Banning is now 80 percent contained.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of trying to rob an Oakland burger restaurant at gunpoint before being shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy has been identified as a 32-year-old Oakland resident.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County employee of mortgage giant Fannie Mae has pleaded not guilty to charges that he demanded kickbacks to provide listings of repossessed homes to a real estate broker.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, whose unflinching reporting ended the career of a top American army general, died early Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles, his employer and family said.
DENVER (AP) - Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police.
NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse Inc. has dismissed its founder and executive chairman George Zimmer.
NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
ZARQA, Jordan (AP) - Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The latest possible resting place of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is an overgrown farm field where the normal calm of chirping crickets is being drowned out by a beeping backhoe, the chop of an overhead news helicopter and the bustle of reporters and onlookers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance banning stores from providing customers single-use plastic bags.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people, officials said Tuesday.