LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.
PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
BOSTON (AP) - This year's Boston Marathon will have a "no bags" policy as part of stepped-up security following last year's deadly bombing, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film, filmed at Blue Cloud movie ranch in Santa Clarita, that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.
HOUSTON (AP) - Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees.
VISTA, Calif. (AP) - The lead singer of Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.
NEW YORK (AP) - High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Arthur left behind power outages and a barrier island again cut off from the mainland in North Carolina as it hustled out to sea after hitting an area accustomed to storms.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year.
DEVORE, Calif. (AP) - Workers are shaving 55 bug-and-debris-matted animals after they were surrendered in a San Bernardino County animal cruelty case. It comes on the eve of the busiest weekend of the year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fraternity at California State University, Northridge, has been ordered to suspend all its activities while the school and sheriff's detectives investigate the death of a 19-year-old pledge on a hike, officials said.
PHOENIX (AP) - Hours after authorities issued an Amber Alert, a Huntington Beach woman has been arrested on suspicion of abducting her infant granddaughter, who was later found unharmed in Arizona.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of Lake Los Angeles who have protested the impending release into their community of the "Pillowcase Rapist" won a short postponement after a judge delayed his release from a California mental hospital because it's under quarantine.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors who deadlocked over whether to find the Dodgers negligent in the savage beating of a Giants fan failed to reach a verdict again Thursday and must return to work on Monday after a long holiday weekend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronda Rousey is constructing her escape hatch out of mixed martial arts, even if she's not planning to use it just yet.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Since the release of a highly-critical documentary last year, SeaWorld Entertainment has been condemned by animal rights activists distressed over the condition of its killer whales. But annual survival rates for some of the most common marine mammals - including killer whales - at SeaWorld's three parks are near the top of all U.S. parks and aquariums, an analysis of five decades of federal data by The Associated Press showed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer's leg and hand.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius armed himself and took other methodical steps before he killed his girlfriend, the chief prosecutor said Thursday, trying to cast doubt on the athlete's account that he reacted instinctively to a perceived intruder.