MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, acceding that Mexicans had the right to determine how best to tackle the violence that has plagued their country.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.
HOUSTON (AP) - A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Reducing California's prison population by tens of thousands of inmates is not enough for the federal courts, which have given Gov. Jerry Brown's administration until midnight to say how they will reduce the population even further.
WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. (AP) - A woman slain on the southern Oregon coast has been identified as a California resident.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) - Every morning, Jim Crabtree said he would wake up, wash and dress his wife who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and drop her off at his parents' home so he could go to work.
NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladeshi police arrested the engineer who warned that a building housing garment factories was unsafe a day before it collapsed, killing at least 487 people.
NEW YORK (AP) - Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's order to lift all age limits on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North's state media said Thursday, a development that further complicates already strained ties between Pyongyang and Washington.
SANTA ANA (AP) - One of the two teenage hikers who were rescued after a four-day search of Southern California wilderness has been charged with felony methamphetamine possession, prosecutors said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Petraeus' next tough assignment will be in the trenches of academia.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites - many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of involuntarily killing Michael Jackson appeared to be on trial again Wednesday as a lawyer for Jackson's mother tried to show the physician's desperate financial situation drove him to extremes in his treatment of the superstar.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six current and former San Francisco police officers have been indicted by federal grand juries, with three accused of taking money, drugs, electronics and gift cards seized during investigations.
A circuit judge in Arkansas has awarded more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven women who were physically, sexually and psychologically abused by Tony Alamo, formerly a Santa Clarita evangelist. The women belonged to the evangelist's ministry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like the annual Tournament of Roses parade, the Oscars are usually blessed with standard Southern California weather: sunshine and blue skies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles cemetery has agreed to an estimated $80 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming it dumped human remains from hundreds of graves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown says he will seek re-election.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.
PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
BOSTON (AP) - This year's Boston Marathon will have a "no bags" policy as part of stepped-up security following last year's deadly bombing, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.