WASHINGTON (AP) - It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No."
FURNACE CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs, Calif. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:
NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen's media and merchandising empire is collapsing.
The Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions this week with major consequences for efforts to legalize or bar same-sex marriage. One ruling opened the way for California to become the 13th state to allow gay marriage; the other struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and directed the government to recognize legally married same-sex couples.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - As Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in hospital Friday, a family feud over where the 94-year-old former president should be buried went to the courts, according to South Africa's national broadcaster.
CAIRO (AP) - Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed - including an American - and 85 were injured while at least five offices of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood were torched, officials said.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An opening volley of musket fire ushered in the start of the milestone commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday, 150 years after the Union Army turned away a Confederate advance in the pivotal conflict of the American Civil War.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles paid out about $110 million in jury awards and settlements for lawsuits brought by police officers against the department over six years ending in June 2012.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation's high court.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says it is lifting its freeze on same-sex marriages in California and the state is required to issue licenses to gay couples starting immediately.
PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park are getting a head start on next year's 150th anniversary with a new website that will contain information about celebrations, events and projects.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - One hundred people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II are about to undergo medical testing in California to determine how they're doing seven decades later.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California woman who cut off her husband's penis and threw it in a garage disposal has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - On the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee listened to scouting reports, scanned the battlefield and ordered his second-in-command, James Longstreet, to attack the Union Army's left flank.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.
R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.