WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels who have been locked in a civil war with the Syrian regime for more than two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, becoming the first top U.S. official to publicly acknowledge the reassessment.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, acceding that Mexicans had the right to determine how best to tackle the violence that has plagued their country.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.
HOUSTON (AP) - A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Reducing California's prison population by tens of thousands of inmates is not enough for the federal courts, which have given Gov. Jerry Brown's administration until midnight to say how they will reduce the population even further.
WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. (AP) - A woman slain on the southern Oregon coast has been identified as a California resident.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) - Every morning, Jim Crabtree said he would wake up, wash and dress his wife who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and drop her off at his parents' home so he could go to work.
NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladeshi police arrested the engineer who warned that a building housing garment factories was unsafe a day before it collapsed, killing at least 487 people.
NEW YORK (AP) - Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's order to lift all age limits on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North's state media said Thursday, a development that further complicates already strained ties between Pyongyang and Washington.
SANTA ANA (AP) - One of the two teenage hikers who were rescued after a four-day search of Southern California wilderness has been charged with felony methamphetamine possession, prosecutors said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Petraeus' next tough assignment will be in the trenches of academia.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites - many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling. Instead, they made a silent protest.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic's volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they plan a two-day strike beginning Monday.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Russia insurgents on Sunday freed one of the eight European military observers being held prisoner in eastern Ukraine. Earlier in the day, all eight appeared in public for the first time and, under armed guard, gave assurances they weren't being mistreated.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.