MILAN (AP) - The crew of the Costa Concordia has been awarded the "Seafarer of the Year" award at the Lloyds List Global Awards ceremony for "the courage and professionality" demonstrated by crew members when the ship hit rocks and capsized last January.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials plan to offer testing to all employees in the park to determine whether they have been infected with a deadly mouse-borne virus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Court records show "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis was released from jail a week before being found dead in his driveway after police say he apparently killed his landlady.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian authorities on Thursday sent text messages over cell phones nationwide with a message for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's regime: "Game over."
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - A gunshot rang out at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate is pleading not guilty to six counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, the longest-serving member of California's largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation, offered a taste of his trademark invective.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police believe they've found a man who's been dumping dirty adult diapers on streets in Orange County after pulling over a 67-year-old man from an upscale neighborhood with several in his car.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Passengers say they had to tackle a passenger who was allegedly behaving aggressively and grabbing women during a flight from Chicago to Orange County's John Wayne Airport.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions.
It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a San Diego County teenager has died in a freak accident after he made himself pass out and then fell onto glass that slashed his throat.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.
LATHROP, Calif. (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators were scheduled to receive a refresher course in ethics on Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.