BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A pair of small but unseasonably early fires burning in California's wine country likely is a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's population grew by almost 300,000 last year to nearly 38 million people, with the San Francisco Bay Area leading the growth, the state Department of Finance reported Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon organizers say they've been overwhelmed by public support after bombs killed three people and injured hundreds more at the finish line of their race.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stood by its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy. And it signaled that it could increase or decrease the pace of bond purchases depending on how the job market and inflation perform.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Relatives of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said Tuesday.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are searching for a driver who caused a deadly nine-vehicle pileup while apparently fleeing after a drive-by shooting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signaled Tuesday he would consider U.S. military action against Syria if "hard, effective evidence" is found to bolster intelligence that chemical weapons have been used in the 2-year-old civil war. Among the potential options being readied for him: weapons and ammunition for the Syrian rebels.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Everyone got stood up at one Southern California high school's prom. The dance itself was a no-show.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Police were trying to determine if there's a link between a man accused of breaking into an apartment in Placerville and trying to kidnap a toddler, and the killing of an 8-year-old girl about 45 miles away in Calaveras County, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it - an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - A second body was found Tuesday at a rugged site in the Santa Monica Mountains where a small plane crashed and burned after a midair collision with another small plane that managed to make a belly landing on a golf course, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - City Council members have approved a $4.8-billion package of renovations that would make major changes at Los Angeles International Airport, including the controversial move of a runway.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A judge says two children fathered by slain Silicon Valley venture capitalist Raveesh "Ravi" Kumra with a former prostitute have a valid claim on the estate.
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - The bodies of four people have been found at a home in the Southern California city of Mission Viejo.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the drug conviction for a man who claimed he should have been allowed to show that he can legally possess marijuana in California for medical purposes.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.
NEW YORK (AP) - They're the $10 million men and women.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - High-caliber weapons fire echoed sporadically Tuesday through the eastern city of Donetsk and the mayor urged residents to stay home a day after fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, "What's the rule?"
GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.
COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities haven't found any sign of three men missing after a massive mudslide struck a remote part of western Colorado.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal - the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say a deputy has been shot and a suspect is dead following a confrontation in Long Beach.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian senator startled his colleagues by producing a fake pipe bomb during a committee hearing on Monday.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - It was Friday night when Elliot Rodger's mother got a call from her son's therapist that he had emailed a ranting manifesto about going on a deadly rampage.
WASHINGTON (AP) - China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China's vast market remains an irresistible source of business.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Europe's moves to rein in Google - including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name - may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy.