HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Nghiem Ngoc Thuy has been slinging coffees to thirsty Vietnamese for 20 years in her colonial-style villa with peeling shutters, and she and her customers aren't too worried that the imminent arrival of U.S. giant Starbucks will alter their time-tested coffee traditions.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A group of neighborhood associations and residents in Pasadena has filed a lawsuit attempting to block city plans to offer the Rose Bowl as a temporary home to an NFL team that moves to Southern California while a permanent stadium is finished.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office says a talent scout has been convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl who was attending his acting and modeling school.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - An escaped inmate who held a Santa Cruz preschool teacher at gunpoint and attacked a deputy faces life in prison after being convicted of 39 charges including attempted murder and kidnapping.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno County authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died of injuries he sustained after being shot with a pellet gun.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant is no longer a holdout. He's on Twitter. With five words - "The antisocial has become social" - the Los Angeles Lakers guard sent the first tweet from his account Friday. About 270,000 people followed his verified account, (at)kobebryant, within a few hours. Bryant tiptoed into the Twitterverse last week when he briefly took over Nike basketball's account, when he sent out things like a photo of him hanging ...
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged six people in the theft of $3.2 million worth of paintings, wine, jewelry and a Porsche from a Santa Monica home.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Travelers to and from San Francisco may see extra delays this year as San Francisco International Airport temporarily shuts down a few runways over the coming months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman suspected of making and appearing in child porn photos a decade ago that have circulated widely in the years since was arrested hours after authorities released images of her taken from those shots, federal officials announced Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Standard & Poor's 500 closed at its highest level in five years Friday after a report showed that hiring held up in December, giving stocks an early lift.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oscar won't be the only chiseled man in the spotlight at the 85th Academy Awards.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Al Pacino says he decided not to meet famed record producer Phil Spector before portraying him in an HBO movie - only to find he already had.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will star on a new cable TV show alongside the woman he married after his release from federal prison on a corruption conviction.
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police responding to reports of teenagers tossing eggs at a house last month got quite a surprise when they tracked down the suspects.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Anxious to keep Syria's civil war from spiraling into even worse problems, President Barack Obama said Friday he worries about the country becoming a haven for extremists when - not if - President Bashar Assad is ousted from power.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters have killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this year than they have in decades.
NEW YORK (AP) - They've both helped make millions at the box office and are two of Hollywood's most sought after talents, but "The Croods" voice stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone say they still get self-conscious hearing themselves on film.
NEW YORK (AP) - They haven't hit the studio yet, but Tony Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with Lady Gaga.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef who told police he cooked his wife's body for four days in boiling water is set to be sentenced for his murder conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the use of nitrous oxide as a recreational drug has grown from a rave party phenomenon to mainstream use, propelled by the ease of social media to reach young people.
QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two of his colleagues before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown, according to interviews with several groups. The nuns were accused of having focused too much on social justice at the expense of other church issues such as abortion.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. is increasing its oil production faster than ever, and American drivers are guzzling less gas. But you'd never know it from the price at the pump.
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - A police officer ran down and captured an arson suspect after five small but suspicious fires broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest.
TORONTO (AP) - Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are aiming to dole out a $1 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner by mid-April.