MILAN (AP) - The crew of the Costa Concordia has been awarded the "Seafarer of the Year" award at the Lloyds List Global Awards ceremony for "the courage and professionality" demonstrated by crew members when the ship hit rocks and capsized last January.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials plan to offer testing to all employees in the park to determine whether they have been infected with a deadly mouse-borne virus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Court records show "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis was released from jail a week before being found dead in his driveway after police say he apparently killed his landlady.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian authorities on Thursday sent text messages over cell phones nationwide with a message for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's regime: "Game over."
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - A gunshot rang out at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate is pleading not guilty to six counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, the longest-serving member of California's largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation, offered a taste of his trademark invective.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police believe they've found a man who's been dumping dirty adult diapers on streets in Orange County after pulling over a 67-year-old man from an upscale neighborhood with several in his car.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Passengers say they had to tackle a passenger who was allegedly behaving aggressively and grabbing women during a flight from Chicago to Orange County's John Wayne Airport.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions.
It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a San Diego County teenager has died in a freak accident after he made himself pass out and then fell onto glass that slashed his throat.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - What next for South Africa?
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Bill Porter, the door-to-door salesman in Portland, Ore., who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, has died at 81.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Citrus grower Fred LoBue breathed a sigh of relief on Friday after two sleepless nights monitoring the icy temperatures in his family's Central Valley orange groves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A suburban Nashville couple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald's drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state parks department has a new warehouse for its collection of historical artifacts, and the building will soon be open to the public.
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread Thursday, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke out about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.
KUNA, Idaho (AP) - A dump truck collided with a school bus Thursday at a rural southwestern Idaho intersection, killing an 11-year-old boy and injuring four other children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for Amanda Bynes says the actress has left an inpatient mental health treatment facility and is back with her parents.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off "SportsCenter."
NEW YORK (AP) - Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid.