OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders, including five states that have completely given up on the effort because of persistent doubts about how it works and how much it costs.
A 27-year-old felon on probation was booked today on weapons and drug charges after local sheriff's deputies went to his Saugus home on a probation check, a sheriff's spokesman said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending.
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have determined a foot and section of leg that washed onto a Pacifica beach belong to a missing San Bruno hiker.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California State University system on Thursday selected a new chancellor to lead the nation's largest collection of four-year colleges as it faces significant financial and academic challenges.
NEW YORK (AP) - More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing.
Both candidates for the 38th District Assembly, Democrat Edward Headington and Republican Scott Wilk, share the same three core platforms: education, public safety and job creation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Google and U.S. publishers have settled a longstanding dispute over Google's book-scanning project. A lawsuit filed by authors remains, though, leaving the project in question.
NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice - a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to stop worrying about the ticking of their biological clocks and perhaps even help couples create "designer babies."
Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a deadly meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nationally known professional tennis referee charged with the coffee-cup killing of her husband gave police a DNA sample Wednesday after dropping her opposition to the procedure.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A little girl is offering all the money in her piggy bank to add to a $6,000 reward for the return of her puppy taken in a burglary.
DENVER (AP) - Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning that his GOP rival's policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Caltrain officials say train service between San Francisco and San Francisco is back to normal after a shooting involving a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.
RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - With streets still littered in glass and garbage cans overflowing with red cups and bottles, University of California, Santa Barbara students were trying to shake off a lingering hangover from an annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout.
Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.