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.
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."
GLENDORA (AP) - One of several wildfires burning across California prompted widespread evacuations Monday in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.
NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested, and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, overriding a mayoral veto and setting the stage for a possible challenge at the voting booth.