WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to jump-start stalled talks on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff, House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Hassan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Results are in from the first test of Martian soil by the rover Curiosity: So far, there is no definitive evidence that the red planet has the chemical ingredients to support life.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers officially begin their next two-year session Monday with the Legislature reshaped by the November election.
ATASCADERO, Calif. (AP) - A California mental hospital has been fined more than $27,000 for failing to implement worker safety measures.
Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close the lanes listed below as part of a $72 million project that is constructing a truck lane on southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14). Ramp closures will be staggered. Closures are subject to change. Detours will be signed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "Twilight" finale and "Skyfall" continued to dominate the box office on a typically slow post-Thanksgiving weekend that brought big business for holdover films but a poor start for Brad Pitt's new crime story.
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - Two California Highway Patrol officers are recovering after their patrol car overturned during a high-speed chase on Interstate 580 in the Livermore area.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The third powerful storm in a week drenched an already saturated Northern California, but concerns of serious flooding eased as the system moved through faster than expected.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
LONDON (AP) - Get the nursery ready: Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting their first child.
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) - Conrail crews had reports of signal problems at a New Jersey railroad bridge weeks before a train derailment Friday, and were studying the problem the day before the crash and resulting chemical leak, federal investigators said Sunday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista was found dead in his jail cell Sunday, and authorities announced hours later that investigators have linked him in recent months to seven other possible slayings in three other states.
NEWRY, Maine (AP) - A bunch of Santas have hit the slopes at a Maine ski resort.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday.
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.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kendrys Morales slapped a line drive away from the Texas shift, landing it just inside the foul line in left field where the only person close to it was a security guard scrambling to get out of the way.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.
Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police have identified the 3-year-old girl killed by a falling security grate at an Italian ice shop.
GROVER BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A 60-year-old California woman is facing child cruelty charges after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a poisonous pesticide.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra - an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets on electronic games with names such as "Robin Hood," ''Mr. Millionaire" and "Luck of the Irish" when Sacramento County sheriff's deputies paid a visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city authorities have seized more than 1,000 pounds of fireworks in the run up to next week's Fourth of July holiday and have arrested several people, officials said.