LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI's investigation of a state lawmaker has brought attention to an arm of government that is at once indispensable and nearly invisible - public agencies that pipe water to millions of people and vast swaths of farmland yet operate with scant oversight or public scrutiny.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators trying to understand why Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed focused Monday on the actions of an experienced pilot learning his way around a new aircraft, fellow pilots who were supposed to be monitoring him and why no one noticed that the plane was coming in too slow.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A fireworks company on Monday said bad fireworks appear to have caused a blast that injured more than three dozen people at a show in Southern California and also triggered problems at another one of its July 4 events.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music singer Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday night at a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalized for heart problems.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to assist voters when they cast ballots.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration signaled Monday that U.S. national security interests will trump its promotion of Egypt's budding democracy, stressing the importance of continued aid to the Egyptian military, which overthrew the elected president last week.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Similar shell malfunctions appear to have caused a Southern California fireworks show to spray the crowd, injuring more than three dozen people, and mishaps at another July 4 event, a fireworks company official said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A national gun industry group on Monday filed the latest lawsuit challenging Connecticut's new wide-ranging gun law, passed in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a second farmworker as possibly heat-related.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with black members of Congress about the economy and other issues.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was a champion of fiercely conservative social activism long before the tea party was born. He oversaw the "Texas Miracle" job-creation boom and became the state's most powerful governor since Reconstruction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Martian mountain, here Curiosity comes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year will shrink to $759 billion. That's more than $200 billion less than the administration predicted just three months ago.
LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) - Just beyond the breakers at La Jolla Shores Beach, hundreds of dark figures cruise through the sandy shallows like a scene in a horror movie.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials say there is a possibility that one of the two teenage girls killed in a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport was struck by an emergency vehicle.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including four students who suffered serious wounds, authorities said.
James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.
NEW YORK (AP) - Drivers will get the slightest of breaks on gasoline prices this summer, according to the Energy Department.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and a major tourist attraction.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Search crews in the Indian Ocean failed to pick up more of the faint underwater sounds that may have been from the missing Malaysian jetliner's black boxes whose batteries are at the end of their life.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government struggled to stay in control of the country's eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said "radicals" were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of harsher economic sanctions if it doesn't back down from involvement in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A key U.S. senator is demanding to know who came up with the idea to launch a secret "Cuba Twitter" social network system.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.