WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.
NEW YORK (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Museum of Tolerance has acquired a 1937 letter written by Bertrand Russell in which the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher says if the Nazi army invades his native England the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the artists - who have feuded with Vladmir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Federal inspectors shut down a central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program because of unsanitary conditions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - LinkedIn is hoping to unleash more wisdom on its professional networking service by giving its 277 million accountholders more space to share their experiences and insights.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $2.3 billion proposal to rewire portions of Southern California's transmission grid following the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant could mean higher electricity bills for consumers, the state's power transmission agency said Tuesday.
PARKDALE, Ore. (AP) - People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations ofsalmon and steelhead decimated by overfishing, logging, mining, agriculture and hydroelectric dams, and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures for his measure.
NEW YORK (AP) - The 2014 Sochi Olympics were expected to be a triumphant moment for the U.S. speedskating team - and the squad's sponsor, Under Armour.
PARKDALE, Ore. (AP) - People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead decimated by overfishing, logging, mining, agriculture and hydroelectric dams, and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's festering political crisis has turned deadly, with at least nine people reported killed and scores injured in violent clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police in Kiev.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.
LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - It was some 80 years ago that Lou Gehrig and the 12-year-old son of a songwriter got bored with talk of music and opted to play catch instead.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County expanded Wednesday, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a raging wildfire in rural Northern California that has already spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County is still growing.
NEW YORK (AP) - New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of the film "My Gal Sal" and is seeking to buy back the statuette for a fraction of the nearly $80,000 it was sold for.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said Wednesday.
BAGHDAD (AP) - An extremist group's declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria poses a threat to the entire region, Iraq's prime minister warned Wednesday, saying that "no one in Iraq or any neighboring country will be safe from these plans."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. Bob Hastings was 89.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan privacy board on Wednesday unanimously adopted its report that endorses some of the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance programs.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Along much of the East Coast, hotel owners, tourism officials and would-be vacationers kept a watchful eye on forecasts Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur churned off Florida, threatening Fourth of July plans for thousands of people.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.
NEW YORK (AP) - Supersized isn't just for french fries.