WASHINGTON (AP) - Pakistan has told U.S. military officials that it plans to launch combat operations against Taliban militants soon in a tribal area near the Afghan border that also serves as a haven for leaders of the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani network, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Pattinson has decided to come back - to the spotlight, that is.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Structural engineers on Monday deemed the site of a Chevron refinery fire in the San Francisco Bay area hazardous for human entry after looking at the failed pipe that leaked and sent a towering plume of black smoke into the sky.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Lightning strikes in tinder dry areas of San Diego County have caused fires that have burned 1,000 acres.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The family of a gunman killed in a shootout near the Texas A&M campus that also left two other people dead Monday afternoon say they are "distraught by the havoc that he has caused."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Assembly on Monday approved a bill that would help middle class Californians cope with soaring college costs by closing a corporate tax loophole and using the expected windfall to reduce tuition.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Ryan traveled a perilous route to political stardom. While other lawmakers nervously whistled past trillion-dollar deficits, fearing to cut popular programs, he waded in with a machete and a smile.
NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx will soon begin offering buyouts to U.S. employees in an effort to cut costs in the face of a weakening global economy.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) - Google is cutting about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility cellphone business and will close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 locations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California is weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court case over the use of affirmative action in college admissions.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group supporting Mitt Romney is spending more than $10 million on a new television advertisement criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A gunman and a law enforcement officer were among three people killed Monday in a shooting near the Texas A&M University campus, police said.
DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers are visiting the area of a May wildfire southwest of Denver that killed three people and damaged two dozen houses.
BERLIN (AP) - A kangaroo is on the lam in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar his suspected accomplices.
NEW YORK (AP) - Helen Gurley Brown, the editor who made Cosmopolitan magazine into a single girl's handbook of sex and glamour, has died. She was 90.
MALIBU (AP) - Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have lifted evacuation orders in two California wildfire-scarred foothill communities that were threatened by mudflows during several days of powerful rain.
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.