SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.
SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - California's Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday.
TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.
Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:
NEW YORK (AP) - In this year's Oscar nominations, the director's seat was the hot seat.
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.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.