KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) - Mount Rushmore will once again grace the side of a quarter when the U.S. Mint releases a new America the Beautiful quarter next year.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to be the state's next U.S. senator Monday, making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose on Wall Street as investors were encouraged by signs of progress in budget talks in Washington. Just two weeks remain before tax increases and government spending cuts take effect if no deal is reached.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grief-stricken Newtown began burying the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys - one of them a big football fan, the other described as a whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A car bomb exploded in a crowded market in Pakistan's troubled northwest tribal region near the Afghan border Monday, killing 17 people and wounding more than 40 others, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the "fiscal cliff."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a man for allegedly posting Facebook threats against Los Angeles elementary schools.
NEW YORK (AP) - Diet Pepsi is quietly changing its sweetener ahead of a major rebranding of the soft drink set for next month.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 littlest victims of the school gunman. Authorities could not say when or whether the school, now a crime scene and forever scarred, would reopen.
Lily Rosell anxiously weighed whether to take her 7-year-old daughter to school Monday morning, the first day of classes since the Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 20 children around her child's age dead.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the bar, everybody knew her name.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."
NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A man who fired about 50 shots in the parking lot of a crowded Southern California shopping mall, sending shoppers sprinting for safety, was cooperative when officers took him into custody, authorities said Sunday.
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.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A string of storms has allowed some ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada to finally open all of their terrain, but others still need more snow before they can swing into full operation after an unusually dry winter.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia executed a de facto military takeover of a strategic region in Ukraine as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to proceed to protect Russian interests. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the swift takeover of Crimea by Russian troops already in Ukraine and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Armed men took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin's iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama warned Moscow there will be costs if it intervenes militarily in Ukraine.
OAKLAND (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown touted his record on jobs and education as he formally filed for re-election, responding to the campaign themes of a Republican opponent.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The radiation exposure of at least 13 workers at a nuclear dump in a New Mexico salt bed more than 2,000 feet below the ground has brought new attention to the nation's long struggle to find places to dispose of tons of Cold War-era waste.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two rare, early editions of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" have sold for $64,850 at a Los Angeles auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That is, except for one little category: best picture.
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.