NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market got jolted out of the summer doldrums Thursday by better news on the economy, sending indexes back to all-time highs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.
SHANGHAI (AP) - It's been so hot in China that people are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Forty-one pro-immigrant activists were arrested outside the Capitol Thursday after blocking traffic while pushing for passage of comprehensive immigration legislation.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio man convicted of holding three women captive in his Cleveland house over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego failed to provide Mayor Bob Filner with state-required sexual harassment training, his attorney said, and therefore should pay to defend him against a lawsuit by his former communications director.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A former school bus driver being sentenced Thursday for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse left behind a letter that said "I'm a sexual predator," an FBI agent testified.
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MOSCOW (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The corpse flower has come alive.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan bill that would reduce the costs of borrowing for millions of students passed the House on Wednesday and was heading to President Barack Obama for his signature.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Family members of Ron Goldman say they feel a sense of vulnerability after Nevada authorities granted O.J. Simpson parole on some charges stemming from his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery convictions in Las Vegas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan has completed her court-ordered stay in rehab and must continue therapy into early 2015, a judge said Wednesday.
FORNEY, Texas (AP) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they stopped George Zimmerman for speeding.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles will no longer ticket cars that are parked at broken parking meters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina prosecutor.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not troubled and his family didn't see any sign that he was capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured 21 students and a security guard.
MOSCOW (AP) - Dragging much of Europe into his fight with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged European leaders Thursday to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia to prevent an imminent shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies to the continent.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A prosecutor hammered at Oscar Pistorius' credibility at his murder trial Thursday, asserting that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses for why he wasn't to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.
IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, and overtaxed shelters will be forced to euthanize most of the millions they receive. It is a grim reality a leading advocate calls "one of the last major problems" plaguing the animal welfare movement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that killed 47 people.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and they brought their desks with them.