WASHINGTON (AP) - Still sour on the state of the U.S. economy, Americans are nonetheless heading into the home stretch to Election Day feeling better about the country's future and about how President Barack Obama is doing his job, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.
HOUSTON (AP) - Hundreds of people cheered the space shuttle Endeavour Wednesday as it circled overhead and then landed in Houston, giving Space City a fleeting glimpse of the last retired shuttle many locals feel should have been permanently displayed there.
PARIS (AP) - A French magazine published vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, brandishing its right to free speech amid global tensions over a movie insulting to Islam.
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told donors Wednesday that he cares about the poor and middle class as he tried to stem criticism and address concern from within his own party over secretly-recorded comments that he doesn't need to worry about the half of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday for the third day in a row as traders realized that a recent run-up to $100 may have been overdone.
THE NEWS: The Food and Drug Administration may consider new standards for the levels of arsenic in rice as consumer groups call for guidance on how much of the carcinogen can be present in food.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers for a prominent professional tennis referee charged with the coffee-cup killing of her husband have lost a bid to block prosecutors from taking a sample of her DNA.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef on trial Tuesday for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had cooked it for four days in boiling water until little was left but her skull.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An attorney says a third former officer from the Fullerton Police Department might be charged in the death of a mentally ill homeless man who died in 2011 after a confrontation with police.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Female soldiers from Fort Campbell deploying to Afghanistan will field test the first Army body armor that is shorter and better tailored specifically to fit women's physiques.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of the Staples Center arena and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, and the top contender to build a stadium and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, is up for sale, its parent company said Tuesday.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) - A big fire erupted at a natural gas pipeline distribution center near Mexico's border with the United States on Tuesday, killing 26 maintenance workers and forcing evacuations of people in nearby ranches and homes.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Berkeley on Tuesday became what is thought to be the nation's first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals, a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California State University panel approved a plan Tuesday to raise tuition by 5 percent early next year if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and trigger a $250 million funding cut to the 23-campus system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - U.S. officials for nearly three years accessed data on thousands of domestic phone numbers they shouldn't have and then misrepresented their actions to a secret spy court to reauthorize the government's surveillance program, documents released Tuesday show.