U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.
LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Thousands of residents have poured out of the mountain towns around Boulder, Colo., over the past week, fleeing unprecedented floods that tore down hillsides, carried away homes and piled slabs of highway like stacks of books.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The carcass of the poached rhino was about a week old when the Vietnamese delegation saw it in a South African wildlife park. There was a strong smell of rot, and animals had scavenged most of the meat. Rangers found the bullet that killed it by scouring the ground with a metal detector. The rhino horn was gone, hacked off its snout.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Moscow insisted on Tuesday that a new Security Council resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, while the Arab country's main opposition group demanded a swift international response following the U.N. report that confirmed chemical weapons were used outside Damascus last month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface.
VISTA (AP) - The frontman of the Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying will stand trial on a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, a judge in San Diego ruled Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was planning to ask federal judges on Monday to delay their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards will feature five special memorial tributes, including one to "Glee" star Cory Monteith, organizers said.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Karen Strand didn't think she'd get in trouble for having a small container of medical marijuana when she went hiking in Olympic National Park this summer.
TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) - A fire that ripped through a mobile home killed a man and five young children just a few hours after the children's mother left to work an early morning shift at a fast-food restaurant.
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) - Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012, leaving them cautiously optimistic they can rotate the luxury liner upright and eventually tow it away.
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas by a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels, the military said, adding helicopter gunships were deployed for the first time Monday as a hostage standoff dragged to its second week.
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) - Colorado mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened to reveal cabins toppled, homes ripped from their foundations and everything covered in a thick layer of muck. Anxious home and business owners hurriedly cleaned and cleared what they could salvage as rescuers looked for a break in the weather Monday to resume airlifting those still stranded.
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.
(Sacramento, CA) – The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $372.2 million for 105 school construction projects within 43 school districts throughout the state. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds. State funding for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 1-year-old girl who fell ill during her family's world sailing voyage and had to be rescued by the U.S. Navy has been responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms, her aunt said Monday as she waited for the warship carrying the family to return to San Diego.
Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of - and deaths from - heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue.
CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) - Bikini-clad baristas working at a Northern California coffee shop are brewing up a bit of controversy with some folks upset with their attire.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating his 76th birthday.
BEIJING (AP) - The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about other defense operations, including cybersecurity, have so far lagged behind.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Stifling sobs, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday in his murder trial and apologized to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead, describing himself as traumatized and now on antidepressant medication, and sometimes waking from nightmares to the "smell of blood."