In fall 2011, the president was seen as a 50-50 proposition to be re-elected. The Affordable Care Act's future was yet to be decided by the Supreme Court. The term "Obamacare" was viewed as somewhat of a slur.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks hovered near break-even Wednesday on Wall Street ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
POINT REYES STATION, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is on a fact-finding mission in Marin County to decide the fate of a family-run oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.
CAIRO (AP) - Israel and the Hamas militant group reached a cease-fire agreement Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors decided not to file any charges against Justin Bieber after investigators found no evidence that the pop star had kicked and punched a photographer after leaving a movie theater last month, a document obtained Wednesday states.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A young chemist fatally burned in a UCLA laboratory was inadequately trained, lacked experience and was not given protective gear before handling highly flammable chemicals, an expert witness testified Tuesday.
BRUSSELS (AP) - EU officials have failed to reach a deal on giving Greece more aid, prolonging uncertainty over the future of the euro.
Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of nurses in the San Francisco Bay area were braving rain showers to walk picket lines after going on strike Tuesday, union officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors awarded nearly $777,000 Tuesday to a former "The Price is Right" model who claimed she was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The heirs of late author J.R.R. Tolkien are suing the producers of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movie trilogies over alleged exploitative merchandizing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A labor march could delay Thanksgiving eve travelers at Los Angeles International Airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers disappointed committed nudists Tuesday by narrowly approving a ban on public nakedness despite concerns the measure would undermine the city's reputation as a sanctuary for free expression.
NEW YORK (AP) - Federal labor officials said Tuesday they don't expect to decide before Thursday on whether to seek an injunction on behalf of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to stop a union-backed group from encouraging worker walk-outs that are expected to culminate Friday. That's the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant posture and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can catch fire in a rear-end collision.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch meticulously planned his own funeral, but his tombstone has the wrong birth date.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday make their most concerted effort of the year to change federal abortion law with legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.
DETROIT (AP) - In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles may be joining the battle against the bag.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles port officials on Monday unveiled plans to create a $500 million marine research center called AltaSea.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Video shows Justin Bieber running into a photographer with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, but police say there was no crime and the injuries aren't life-threatening.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Serial murder suspect Joseph Naso delivered an hours-long personal history Monday replete with childhood photos, as he launched his defense, denied the decades-old slayings of four women and claimed he is not the "monster" prosecutors have made him out to be.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent - even though they are authorized in secret.
MARIPOSA (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills forced the evacuation of at least 150 houses Monday and was threatening more, state fire officials said.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) - It was a quiet part of the Father's Day Mass as about 300 people stood up in preparation for communion. A parishioner, known by many at the church as Ricky Jennings, entered through the glass doors in back, holding his wife Cheryl's hand.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A man who made a 911 call that ended with Pasadena police fatally shooting a college student has pleaded guilty to making a false report.