WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.
Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song "Blurred Lines" and an unrated online video to promote it.
TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.
GENEVA (AP) - He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
1. IN EGYPT, BLOODIEST DAY SINCE START OF ARAB SPRING
CAIRO (AP) - In Egypt's bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians.
PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) - Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's recovering housing market remains red-hot with sales hitting an eight-year high for July and prices remaining firm, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.
CAIRO (AP) - A cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter were killed during violence in Egypt on Wednesday, their employers said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arraigned late Friday on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.
Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in Simi Valley on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.
GLENDORA (AP) - A wildfire burning in a steep, remote area of the Angeles National Forest was 90 percent contained Friday night and no flames were showing.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Orange County sheriff's deputies have found at least 2,500 marijuana plants growing in a steep area of a county wilderness park.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shoots.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.
MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Russian military vehicles crossed into Ukraine during the night, NATO said Friday, and the Ukrainian president declared that most of them were quickly destroyed by his troops.