LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill intended to help plans for building an NBA arena in downtown Sacramento by accelerating the review process of lawsuits filed against it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles school officials say 71 iPads, including 69 from a single campus, went missing last year as the district tested a program intended to equip every student with one of the Apple tablets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure the battle will spill into the weekend at least, and quite possibly beyond.
BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) - It was a question with no right answer that tugged heavy at the hearts of Damon Janes' teammates when the 16-year-old died after a hit in a high school football game: Should the season go on?
DETROIT (AP) - The federal fingerprint in efforts to fix Detroit is growing larger as the Obama administration has found millions of dollars in grant money to help the bankrupt city hire more police and firefighters, and clear out blighted neighborhoods.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Flags are flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation in honor of a Navajo Code Talker.
Ruben Studdard didn't even get one last pig-out session before making his way to "The Biggest Loser" ranch.
RIALTO, Calif. (AP) - An investigator says a woman arrested on suspicion of stealing lunch money from a Southern California school district may have embezzled more than $3 million over the past 14 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers say the 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during a postgame confrontation in San Francisco was the son of one of the team's security guards.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.
MIAMI (AP) - Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking devices, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana prison officials released a former high school teacher Thursday after he completed a 30-day sentence for rape that is under review by the state's high court and has prompted critics to call for the removal of the judge who oversaw the case.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine's new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way.
NEW YORK (AP) - The harsh winter has been rough for some businesses, but for a lucky few, the frigid weather means more cold, hard cash.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Only one boat on Big Bear Lake has a liquor license, and it's underwater. The pirate ship tour boat sank under the weekend's barrage of rain, snow and high wind in Southern California.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia called for a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea, a bold combination of diplomacy and escalating military pressure. The U.S. and European Union floundered for solutions - while global markets panicked over the prospect of violent upheaval in the heart of Europe.
NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 43 million people watched the Academy Awards, the most-watched audience for the show in a decade and most popular entertainment event on television since the "Friends" finale in 2004.
LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Don't get Dallas and Mitch Seavey wrong. They love each other, even though they might not say it in so many words. But they're also fierce competitors, more than happy to pass each other on the nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be the first to reach Nome.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.
LONDON (AP) - A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins has been warmly received in his historic return to the NBA.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood's "it" fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong'o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk Sunday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.