SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Californians may have missed out on this week's record-setting Powerball lottery drawing, but they will be able to buy tickets to the multistate game starting next spring, after the California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to add it to the state's roster of games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former "Sons of Anarchy" actor who was the lone suspect in the killing of his landlady did not have drugs in his system when he died, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan was charged Thursday with crimes in New York and Los Angeles, marking her latest setbacks as she tries to revive her career and avoid a return to jail.
NEW YORK (AP) - A wealthy Missouri man posing as "Secret Santa" stunned New Yorkers on Thursday, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for continuing treatment of a lingering cough.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's regional water agency has approved a contract to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her lawsuit against him, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.
DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder - and another in Arizona - remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Wildlife managers at one of the nation's premiere bird-watching spots have a mystery on their hands.
One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of high-profile fires across the West that focused national attention on a group of environmental radicals surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years in hiding in Canada.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - An effort to build the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant faced a key test Thursday, as San Diego's regional water agency considered whether to buy all its output despite criticism that cheaper alternatives could be overlooked.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - The state has recommended that a woman who served poisonous mushrooms to residents of an elder care facility be banned for life from working in licensed homes in the future.
BANGKOK (AP) - Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government mobs trying to force their way into the prime minister's office complex and Bangkok's police headquarters on Sunday, deepening Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia's biggest economies.
Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It's eating away at Black Friday shopping.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A mother on board a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska made a frantic phone call for help resuscitating her 5-month-old baby, then left the fatally injured boy to lead searchers hampered by cold and fog to the crash site.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Even before a crane dramatically collapsed and killed two workers at the Sao Paulo stadium, it was clear World Cup organizers would have their hands full trying to deliver all 12 venues by FIFA's end-of-December deadline.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Trimming overgrown shrubs may have won Juvencio Adame praise from neighbors, but it also brought the San Diego man a felony charge from prosecutors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip.
LA CRESCENTA (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a gunman who robbed one store in a La Crescenta shopping center and barricaded himself inside another for hours has died in an apparent suicide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say three people were killed and four injured after the minivan they were traveling in turned over on a Los Angeles freeway connector.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them - she, he or something else.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Scottish police say eight people are now confirmed dead following the crash of a police helicopter into a crowded Glasgow pub.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico's pristine mountain canyons is an old log cabin that was the birthplace not of a famous person, but a top-secret mission that forever changed the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.
CERRITOS (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a lawsuit that challenged how board members were elected.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized to President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that killed a child and NATO promised an investigation Friday as rising tensions threatened efforts to persuade the Afghan leader to sign a long-delayed security agreement.