CHICAGO (AP) - When former Illinois Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on Wednesday after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption.
PORT SAID, Egypt (AP) - Residents of this Mediterranean coastal city burying their dead from Egypt's wave of political violence vented their fury at Egypt's Islamist president and the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday, demanding his ouster and virtually declaring a revolt against his rule, as the head of the military warned Egypt may collapse under the weight of its turmoil.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the killings linked to Mexico's drug cartels continue unabated.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - With North Korea appearing set to detonate an atomic device, the U.N. agency that detected two previous tests says it is prepared to confirm an explosion when it takes place. But experts say it might be difficult to establish whether the blast is nuclear in nature.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon having publicly advocated for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons.
SEATTLE (AP) - So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state's legal pot within its borders.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The international envoy to Syria told the Security Council on Tuesday that "Syria is being destroyed bit by bit" and his mediation effort cannot go forward unless the council unites to push the Syrian government and opposition forces toward some compromise.
NEW YORK (AP) - The indestructible Twinkie appears to be one step closer to a comeback.
Boston Scientific is cutting up to 1,000 more jobs as it deals with a new medical device tax from the U.S. health care overhaul, limited growth prospects in certain markets and pressure to cut prices on its products in other countries.
(Sacramento) – Following today's joint informational hearing by the California Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety, California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg releases the following statement:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about when a hit is legal by NFL standards.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay - and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy.
NEW YORK (AP) - Devon Lawrence neatly stacked bricks on the gas burner of his kitchen stove and turned up the blue flame, creating a sort of radiator that warmed the ice-cold room.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.
LONDON (AP) - A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood's "it" fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong'o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk Sunday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.
As if they weren't anonymous enough amid a stream of American stars, the two leads of the "The Broken Circle Breakdown" were barely recognizable even to those who saw and loved the Belgian nominee for Oscar's Best Foreign Film.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.
MALIBU (AP) - Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have lifted evacuation orders in two California wildfire-scarred foothill communities that were threatened by mudflows during several days of powerful rain.
CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - then screamed and darted out quickly with a shocked expression on his face.
PEREVALNE, Ukraine (AP) - As hundreds of armed men surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Sunday, world leaders and Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a blustery few days of torrential downpours, Hollywood appears ready for smooth sailing at the Academy Awards.