MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) - Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly four years ago, audiences got their last look at Michael Jackson in the top-grossing concert film of all time, "This Is It." Tens of millions worldwide saw a seemingly healthy and confident performer sing and glide across a rehearsal stage as he prepared for his ill-fated comeback tour.
JEANETTE, Pa. (AP) - In his short life, the 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died days after he served as best man at his parents' wedding touched the hearts of many people.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people Saturday, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control.
CASCADE, Idaho (AP) - A harrowing weeklong search for a missing California teenager ended Saturday when FBI agents rescued the girl and shot and killed her apparent kidnapper at a campsite deep in the Idaho wilderness.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The plane accident that killed four people in a Connecticut neighborhood was not the first crash for the pilot, a former Microsoft executive who was taking his teenage son on a tour of East Coast colleges.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency and two of its largest unions returned to the bargaining table on Saturday, one day after Gov. Jerry Brown said he will seek a cooling-off period if the contract dispute threatens to stall commuter trains in the San Francisco Bay Area.
SARATOGA, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 15-year-old Northern California girl who killed herself after the family says three boys sexually assaulted her and a photo of the attack circulated has reached a tentative settlement with two defendants in a lawsuit over her death, their attorney said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, August was supposed to be the time when a major immigration bill landed on his desk.
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (AP) - The sign leaves no doubt about the risk in entering the steep seaside hills that North America's rarest bird calls home: "Danger. Boom. Explosives. Unexploded Ordnance and Laser Range in Use. Keep Out."
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Top U.S. Navy commanders in the Asia-Pacific region have formed a task force to discuss sexual assault issues as the branch fights to stem a military-wide problem within its ranks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges of bomb possession Friday against a recently crowned Utah beauty pageant winner.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A small plane crashed in a working-class neighborhood near an airport on Friday and engulfed two houses in flames, likely killing up to six people, authorities said.
ATLANTA (AP) - A judge in Atlanta on Friday dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.
BANNING, Calif. (AP) - California truly is the Golden State this summer - golden brown - and that has fire officials worried heading into the peak of the wildfire season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like the annual Tournament of Roses parade, the Oscars are usually blessed with standard Southern California weather: sunshine and blue skies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles cemetery has agreed to an estimated $80 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming it dumped human remains from hundreds of graves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown says he will seek re-election.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.
PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
BOSTON (AP) - This year's Boston Marathon will have a "no bags" policy as part of stepped-up security following last year's deadly bombing, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film, filmed at Blue Cloud movie ranch in Santa Clarita, that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border.