DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The hopeful story President Barack Obama wants to tell about Africa is represented in the first stop of his weeklong trip to re-engage the continent, in a country where democracy recently overcame an impending electoral crisis.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County deputy public defender has surrendered to federal authorities after being charged with stealing approximately $129,795 of her dead grandmother's Social Security benefits.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An immigration officer has been indicted on charges that she took bribes in cash and egg rolls from immigrants seeking citizenship and green cards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal immigration officials have deported a Filipino national for his role in a scheme to illegally export military aircraft parts to Iran.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million, saying the health care giant failed to provide adequate mental health services, a newspaper reported.
CADE, La. (AP) - An Amtrak train collided with a van on Wednesday and killed the woman driving the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks at a railroad crossing near Lafayette, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company's flagship operating system.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage Corp., alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the company's energy drink.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man suspected of wounding a policeman and a probation officer was found dead Wednesday morning after a 13-hour standoff at a Willowbrook home, but another gunman sought in a separate ambush that wounded two detectives remained at large, police said.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster nearly six years ago.
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have not found the source of a reported gas smell that prompted the evacuation of Alhambra High School.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man convicted in the murder and attempted murder of transients in the Hollywood area five years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
BOSTON (AP) - A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday said there was "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but suggested that President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has indicated that Michael Jackson's mother should pay the promoter of her son's ill-fated comeback concerts more than $800,000 in costs associated with her failed negligent hiring lawsuit.
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake.
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Police in Utah are questioning a mother and family members about the killings of seven babies whose bodies were found stuffed in cardboard boxes in a garage.
If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of false leads in the effort to find the jet. Here are the most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed:
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.