SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado sheriff says a suspect in a Denver-area high school shooting has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - State division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost says police are responding to a report of a shooting at a high school in suburban Denver.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Several hundred mourners eager to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela broke through police barriers and stormed up toward the Union Buildings shortly before the former South African President's body was moved away.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company of the Orange County Register plans to expand with a daily paper in Los Angeles, looking to further stretch its regional reach to nearly all of Southern California.
Southern California is in for a blustery weekend with elevated fire risk and hazards for some drivers.
DENVER (AP) - At least three people were stabbed in a parking lot at Sports Authority Stadium Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors said in a report released Thursday.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a small dog helped a woman survive nearly three nights in below-zero temperatures after her snowmobile broke down along the Denali Highway.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Spurred by emotional testimony from sex workers, California officials voted Thursday to change a 1990s-era anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Witnesses say about 100 people were playing bingo in San Jose when a man who said he had a gun burst through the doors and stole the night's receipts.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank - a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on a sweeping immigration overhaul and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excavation has unearthed the downtown remains of structure that could be the old Los Angeles Times building blown up by militant unionists more than a century ago.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama will act on his own to make changes in immigration policy, a White House official said Monday. Obama is expected to refocus immigration enforcement away from the country's interior and onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America, the official said.
SEATTLE (AP) - Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border on Monday after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region, the army said, in the most significant escalation of a two-week long operation to root out insurgents trying to overthrow the government.
NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has dismissed actress Amanda Bynes' New York City bong-tossing case.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.