WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting higher consumer confidence. The increase was driven by another strong month of auto sales and the release of the iPhone5.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Union picketing has brought a temporary halt to second-season production of the NBC reality show "Fashion Star."
BEIJING (AP) - China's inflation eased further in September, giving the government more room to stimulate the country's slowing economy.
ATLANTA (AP) - Scattered across the carefully landscaped main campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the staff on the front lines fighting a rare outbreak of fungal meningitis: A scientist in a white lab coat peers through a microscope at fungi on a glass slide. In another room, another researcher uses what looks like a long, pointed eye dropper to suck up DNA samples that will be tested for the suspect fungus.
CHICAGO (AP) - Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man caught walking into the underwater rail tube between San Francisco and the East Bay has been taken into custody, and Bay Area Rapid Transit service across the tube has been restored.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buyers of tablets that run Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8, are in for a pleasant musical surprise: they'll be able to handpick from a selection of millions of songs and stream them for free as long as they put up with an audio ad every 15 minutes.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian regime was accused Sunday of dropping cluster bombs - indiscriminate scattershot munitions banned by most nations - in a new sign of desperation and disregard for its own people.
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - A dismembered and burned body has been found in a neighborhood in the San Bernardino County desert city of Hesperia.
NEW YORK (AP) - The families of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks have been invited to military installations in four states to watch pretrial hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five men charged with planning or assisting the terrorist strike.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard has launched a search off San Diego for a boat with five people aboard after receiving a call that the vessel taking on water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It had all the makings of an Olympic event: an indoor arena, play-by-play announcers, 7,000 enthusiastic fans, uniformed competitors from across the globe and swarms of cameras capturing every angle of the action. However, when the crowd erupted into a screaming frenzy each time a player met his demise, it felt much more like "The Hunger Games."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State inspection documents say corrosion that went unchecked - the suspected cause of a fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery in August - was linked to another fire at the San Francisco Bay area plant last year that prompted some workers to complain to regulators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took much longer than expected, but the Space shuttle Endeavour has finally reached its permanent resting place at a Los Angeles museum.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) - Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers have decided to hand the city of Los Angeles a list of older concrete buildings, some of which may be prone to collapse during a strong earthquake.
A door-to-door effort launched this week in the case of a Tucson girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than 18 months ago has yielded some possible tips, police said Saturday
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of residents who fled a wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles returned home Saturday as red-flag warnings of extremely dangerous fire conditions expired, but officials say that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.