WASHINGTON (AP) - This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. And even less a surprise: The U.S. this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures, and storms. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks ...
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - This old city at the foot of the mountains limped to its bicentennial two years ago, its finances in tatters from a housing bust that sapped tax revenues and ballooning salaries and pension obligations for city workers. <p ...
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Another moderate earthquake has shaken a wide area of Southern California.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The murder trial of a Southern California woman accused of killing her husband, an Olympic medalist in the shot put, has been postponed. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif,Geneva; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday he was no longer considering a tactic that would allow police to stop and frisk suspicious people in an effort to get weapons off San Francisco streets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials on Tuesday banned skateboard "bombing" - in which skaters zoom down steep hills at up to 40 mph - in response to two teen deaths.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana threatened Tuesday to sue a northeastern Louisiana charter school if it doesn't change rules that keep pregnant students out of the classroom and require girls under suspicion of being pregnant to be tested.
Fueled by basketball and soccer, the NBC Sports cable network had its best ratings of the Olympics so far on Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low, according to a new report. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif,Geneva; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; ...
NEW YORK (AP) - More than 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut started two-day strikes Tuesday to protest what the union called harassment by the company. The phone company is negotiating new contracts with the Communications Workers of America. The company is restricting standard bargaining-support activities such as wearing union stickers and buttons, said Libby Sayre, president of the CWA district covering California and Nevada. Unlike a bargaining strike of indefinite duration, ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Marvin Hamlisch was blessed with perfect pitch and an infallible ear. "I heard sounds that other children didn't hear," he wrote in his autobiography. He turned that skill into writing and arranging compulsively memorable songs that the world was unable to stop humming - from the mournful "The Way We Were" to the jaunty theme from "The Sting." Prolific and seeming without boundaries, Hamlisch, who died at 68 after a ...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - His community under attack, Sikh Temple of Wisconsin president Satwant Singh Kaleka fought back with all his strength and a simple butter knife, trying to stab a murderous gunman before taking two fatal gunshots to the leg.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stronger earnings from U.S. companies powered the Standard & Poor's 500 index past 1,400 for the first time in three months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.
NEW YORK (AP) - Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events, including the Style Awards at the Lincoln Center tents that serve as a hub for the next eight days.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "American Idol" is betting that a judges' remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state senators are criticizing a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to rent thousands of private prison and county jail cells to meet a federal court order to greatly reduce California's prison population.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage?
WASHINGTON (AP) - High school students could start their days later and get more sleep if the nation's top education official gets his way.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over how to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. As Obama made his case overseas during a visit to Sweden, his appeal for military intervention ran into trouble on Capitol Hill.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack.