WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is criticizing China's new military garrison in the contested South China Sea as risking an escalation in tensions.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC's researchers are finding that people who know the results of London Olympics events before they are shown on tape delay are more - not less - likely to watch them.
ATLANTA (AP) - Gay rights activists are planning demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants to protest the fast-food chain owners' opposition to same-sex unions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican congressman who's retiring in frustration over political gridlock says he hopes the institution doesn't have to hit "rock bottom" before people learn to work together.
METETI, Panama (AP) - Led by smugglers armed with knives and machetes, Mayra Reyes and 14 other Cubans sloshed through swamps and rivers and suffered hordes of mosquitoes as they struggled across the notorious Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, the only north-south stretch of the Americas to defy road-builders.
BEIRUT (AP) - Kofi Annan announced his resignation Thursday as peace envoy to Syria and issued a blistering critique of world powers, bringing to a dramatic end a frustrating six-month effort that failed to achieve even a temporary cease-fire as the country plunged into civil war.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have ruled a San Diego State University fraternity president died from an accidental drug overdose after going to a party at another fraternity.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The politically influential California Nurses Association on Thursday announced its support for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative and handed over a $1 million contribution to his campaign.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A state appellate court has overturned the conviction of a former Orange County band teacher found guilty of sex with an underage student.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County officials say a sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who was armed when he emerged from a home where he had barricaded himself.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge on Thursday dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic, honoring a prosecutor's request to further narrow a criminal case over allegations the clinic performed illegal late-term abortions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The head of the California Public Utilities Commission recommended Thursday that the agency delay for several months an investigation into soaring costs tied to the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - The police chief at the University of California, Davis, overruled an internal affairs panel's recommendation and fired a lieutenant who soaked demonstrators with pepper spray - an incident that sparked protests after it was recorded and posted online, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Silva, the former mayor of Cudahy, stood before a federal judge Thursday and admitted he accepted a $5,000 bribe in exchange for his support of a medical marijuana dispensary.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday extended disaster assistance to livestock producers reeling from rising feed prices caused by the drought that has scorched much of the nation.
THE LIVING ROOM DEFENSE: Can something Sterling said in the privacy of his girlfriend's living room, without knowing he is being recorded and with no expectation that the comments will become public, be considered a "willful" violation of the league's bylaws. A big part of Sterling's defense is based on the idea that "a jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A court commissioner has dismissed a guardianship proceeding over Paul Walker's daughter after hearing about a plan that calls for the teenager to live with her mother and a nanny.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Eddie Espinoza will be cheering a little louder than anyone else for California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A dog seen on security camera footage attacking a Central California boy until it is chased off by a cat has been euthanized.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - When astronaut Scott Kelly embarks on a one-year space station stint next spring, his twin brother will be offering more than his usual moral support.
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - In a broad defense of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company hasn't run its course after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the past two months and 574 people sickened since March 2013.
IRWINDALE (AP) - The heat may finally be going out of a confrontation between a chili-sauce maker and a Los Angeles suburb.
NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Rumbling down the runway at New York's JFK airport, American Airlines pilot Bill Elder points the nose of the Boeing 787 skyward and takes off for Denver.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Charting an end to America's longest war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog is set to go on sale.