NEW YORK (AP) - Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's officials say staff at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park was having breakfast outdoors when the tree that killed a counselor and injured four others came down.
NEW YORK (AP) - James Gandolfini left the bulk of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter.
CAIRO (AP) - A senior judge was sworn in as Egypt's interim president Thursday to replace ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as the military launched a major crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. Reeling from what it called a military coup against democracy, the group said it would not work with the new political system.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island as Americans across the country celebrated freedom and President Barack Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - The European rerouting of the Bolivian presidential plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard ignited outrage Wednesday among Latin American leaders who called it a stunning violation of national sovereignty and disrespect for the region.
In once rundown urban districts across the country, craft breweries have helped to transform the neighborhoods around them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - You're a Civil War re-enactor carrying an authentic musket, out on the field with your history-buff buddies making a charge under withering enemy fire. It's great fun except for one thing:
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. official says the Taliban won't join talks with the United States because of a dispute over the name of its office in Qatar.
BOSTON (AP) - For many New Englanders, the Fourth of July means the Boston Pops performing the "1812 Overture" on the Charles River Esplanade and fireworks booming overhead.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A mother and father who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died were properly convicted of homicide, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that dramatically limits legal immunity for parents who turn to God rather than science to heal their children.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment under President Barack Obama has remained high for the longest period since the Great Depression. Despite a slowly improving job market, the millions of Americans without jobs underscore weakness in the recovery, drag down consumer spending and still roil the nation's politics.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Officials were investigating a report Wednesday that 20 people were injured when a tree fell at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like the annual Tournament of Roses parade, the Oscars are usually blessed with standard Southern California weather: sunshine and blue skies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles cemetery has agreed to an estimated $80 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming it dumped human remains from hundreds of graves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has asked the federal 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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown says he will seek re-election.
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.