JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel officially opened its election season on Monday as parliament dissolved itself and scheduled a vote for January, plunging the country into a vicious, three-month political campaign.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan sued a disc jockey, the DJ's ex-wife and a gossip website Monday, several months after a sex tape involving Hogan and the woman was posted online.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The failed solar power company Solyndra LLC is asking a Delaware bankruptcy judge to confirm its proposed reorganization plan over objections from government attorneys.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bank executive who says he was beaten by a pair of Los Angeles police officers during a bizarre incident sought help from police in a neighboring city two days earlier because he had taken bath salts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rumpled, sleepy and bemused, a professor in California awoke Monday to the news that he had won the highest honor in economics - the Nobel Memorial Prize.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an appeal from Arizona over its requirement that people prove they are American citizens before registering to vote.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - A teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban arrived in Britain on Monday to receive specialized medical care and protection from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered on Monday immediate repairs to a historic mosque in the city of Aleppo, a move likely aimed at containing Muslim outrage after fierce fighting between rebels and regime forces set parts of the mosque on fire over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting higher consumer confidence. The increase was driven by another strong month of auto sales and the release of the iPhone5.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Union picketing has brought a temporary halt to second-season production of the NBC reality show "Fashion Star."
BEIJING (AP) - China's inflation eased further in September, giving the government more room to stimulate the country's slowing economy.
ATLANTA (AP) - Scattered across the carefully landscaped main campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the staff on the front lines fighting a rare outbreak of fungal meningitis: A scientist in a white lab coat peers through a microscope at fungi on a glass slide. In another room, another researcher uses what looks like a long, pointed eye dropper to suck up DNA samples that will be tested for the suspect fungus.
CHICAGO (AP) - Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man caught walking into the underwater rail tube between San Francisco and the East Bay has been taken into custody, and Bay Area Rapid Transit service across the tube has been restored.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buyers of tablets that run Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8, are in for a pleasant musical surprise: they'll be able to handpick from a selection of millions of songs and stream them for free as long as they put up with an audio ad every 15 minutes.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off "SportsCenter."
NEW YORK (AP) - Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Eytan Rosenberg had no idea that the man he let paint a mural on the side his family's gas station in Hollywood was the darling of the art world.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train's emergency brakes malfunctioned Wednesday, stranding hundreds of passengers in a tunnel and sending at least nine people to hospitals, officials said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - More than 60 search and rescue personnel scoured the central Idaho mountains Wednesday for five people, including four family members, who were onboard a plane that disappeared three days earlier.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife workers in boats struggled Wednesday to coax nearly four dozen pilot whales out of dangerous shallow waters in Florida's Everglades National Park, hoping to spare them the fate of 10 others that already have died.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like daze and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said as a federal regulator called for the railroad to make immediate safety improvements.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages?
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Recordings of several 911 calls made from inside Sandy Hook Elementary during last year's school shooting are being released under court order Wednesday after a legal fight by The Associated Press.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes while a motion will be introduced Wednesday in Los Angeles to limit the smokeless devices where cigarette smoking is already prohibited.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies outside a home in Ventura County.
NEW YORK (AP) - A union official says a commuter train engineer caught himself nodding at the controls before the train started to veer off its tracks and derailed in New York City, killing four people.
Production on "Fast & Furious 7" is on hold following the death of star Paul Walker.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.
WASHINGTON (AP) - To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement.