NEW YORK (AP) - Before purchasing a shirt, shoppers will run their hands over the fabric, look at the price tag and wonder how it will hold up in the washing machine. Some might even ask if it makes them look fat.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana financier and former chief executive of National Lampoon convicted of swindling investors out of about $200 million was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison by a judge who told him his "deceit, greed and arrogance" had cost many of his victims their life savings and dreams of a comfortable retirement.
HONG KONG (AP) - When the notorious Macau crime boss known as Broken Tooth Koi is released from prison Saturday after serving nearly 15 years he will hardly recognize the city he terrorized in the late 1990s with a brutal gangland war.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Palestinian U.N. envoy accused Israel on Friday of carrying out "an immediate provocation" following the U.N.'s recognition of the state of Palestine by announcing the expansion of settlements which he denounced as illegal.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in a community college classroom, causing a campus-wide lockdown as authorities tried to piece together what happened.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The second in a series of storms slammed Northern California on Friday as heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power, tied up traffic and caused flooding along some stretches.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached an agreement with its teachers union over using state standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government on Friday released more than 850 pages of once-secret documents from the Watergate political scandal, providing new insights on privileged legal conversations and prison evaluations of some burglars in the case. A federal judge had decided earlier this month to unseal some material, but other records still remain off limits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The arrest of an aging tennis referee in her husband's death was a shocker last summer. On Friday, the case took another surprise twist when prosecutors dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Pacific Gas & Electric employee has died after his truck crashed into a traffic signal pole as he was driving during stormy weather.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Attorneys general in New York and nine other states, including California, are asking U.S. Senate leaders to stop legislation that would let licensed gun owners carry concealed firearms across state lines.
BEIRUT (AP) - BEIRUT - It's at night that worries over her children hit the matriarch of the Khayyat family hardest, tormenting her as she tries to sleep.
HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) - President Barack Obama argued Friday that allowing taxes to rise for the middle class would amount to a "lump of coal" for Christmas," while Republican House Speaker John Boehner declared that negotiations to surmount a looming fiscal cliff are going "almost nowhere."
NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the California Assembly Friday by a vote of 75-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate crimes), occurring on or near campus, to local law enforcement, with the permission of the victim.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."
FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier with a gun inside a major command's headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Divers have ended a search in the waters off Dana Point for the body of a man who disappeared after going under a large wave.
VENTURA (AP) - A former Ventura neurosurgeon facing allegations of performing unnecessary procedures has surrendered his California medical license.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.