FIVE POINTS, Calif. (AP) - Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As part of an effort to convince federal regulators that a nuclear reactor is safe to restart, the operator of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has disclosed it might push for a rewrite of the facility's operating rules.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic relations on Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized in a phone call for a deadly naval raid against a Gaza-bound international flotilla in a dramatic turnaround partly brokered by President Barack Obama.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - President Barack Obama warned Friday that an "enclave for extremism" could fill a leadership void in war-torn Syria, a chilling scenario for an already tumultuous region, especially for Jordan, Syria's neighbor and a nation at the crossroads of the struggle for stability in the Middle East.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eleven air traffic control towers at small airports throughout California were on the Federal Aviation Administration's list of nationwide facilities to be closed starting next month due to automatic spending cuts, according to a list released Friday.
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had never filled out an NCAA tournament bracket before this year, even though he's a hoops fan. He says he would have done it earlier, but he doesn't like to lose.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers are raiding Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, in one of the largest such raids to date.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family Friday, killing a 10-year boy and injuring other family members.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The effort to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle got a boost from a Silicon Valley software tycoon who was introduced as the new lead investor.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Anxious to keep Syria's civil war from spiraling into even worse problems, President Barack Obama said Friday he worries about the country becoming a haven for extremists when - not if - President Bashar Assad is ousted from power.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters have killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this year than they have in decades.
NEW YORK (AP) - They've both helped make millions at the box office and are two of Hollywood's most sought after talents, but "The Croods" voice stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone say they still get self-conscious hearing themselves on film.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Lancaster home.
ORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after being shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?
WHITTIER (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in Whittier.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dana Delany had an urge.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - For a lot of people, camping is off limits. Tents and gear are expensive, and then there's the thought of sleeping outside on the ground.
IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major.