CANGREJAL, Costa Rica (AP) - A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and neighboring countries Wednesday, sending panicked people into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami alert, but causing little damage. Authorities reported one confirmed death.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her Bank of America branch when it opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new report released Wednesday by the state controller's office found that the nation's largest teacher pension fund has been so lax about detecting pension spiking at California school districts that it is on pace to audit each district once every 48 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homes are taking less time to sell than a year ago, reflecting more homebuyer demand and fewer bank-owned homes and other properties available for sale in some markets.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty Beverly Hills police officer was not visibly injured when his car plowed into a home, sheared off a utility pole and landed upside down on the retaining wall of another home in Simi Valley.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court has reinstated an Idaho prison inmate's claim that a female guard groped him after he tried to break off their nonsexual relationship.
NEWBERRY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to identify human remains discovered in the Mojave Desert after a dog came home with a human foot.
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man shot to death by an Azusa police officer was unarmed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board wants to see ground collision warning systems on all large commercial airliners.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal wildlife officials have added a native San Francisco shrub that was once believed to be extinct to the endangered species list.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Firefighters are getting an assist from rainfall in the battle against a 3,800-acre in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's estate and a businessman working with the singer's mother settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for $2.5 million on Tuesday, shortly before a trial in the case was scheduled to begin.
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.
LONDON (AP) - Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from Apple after police found him hiding in the bushes near the company's corporate campus in Northern California.
Palmdale was ordered to hold a new election for City Council members next year after a Superior Court judge concluded there was discrimination against black and Latino voters in November citywide races.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn't cutting hair without a top. It's cutting hair without a license.
HONOLULU (AP) - A kayak fisherman died Monday after a shark attack off Maui, local officials said.