LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Long Beach police say a female prisoner died in her cell early Friday, marking the department's third recent in-custody death.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of gay couples have lined up outside City Hall in San Francisco as clerks have resumed issuing same-sex marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately lift a 4-year freeze.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No."
FURNACE CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs, Calif. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:
NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen's media and merchandising empire is collapsing. Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they're cutting ties with Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. Meanwhile, Deen's publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com and Barnes & ...
The Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions this week with major consequences for efforts to legalize or bar same-sex marriage. One ruling opened the way for California to become the 13th state to allow gay marriage; the other struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and directed the government to recognize legally married same-sex couples.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - As Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in hospital Friday, a family feud over where the 94-year-old former president should be buried went to the courts, according to South Africa's national broadcaster.
CAIRO (AP) - Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed - including an American - and 85 were injured while at least five offices of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood were torched, officials said.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An opening volley of musket fire ushered in the start of the milestone commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday, 150 years after the Union Army turned away a Confederate advance in the pivotal conflict of the American Civil War.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles paid out about $110 million in jury awards and settlements for lawsuits brought by police officers against the department over six years ending in June 2012.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation's high court.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says it is lifting its freeze on same-sex marriages in California and the state is required to issue licenses to gay couples starting immediately.
PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park are getting a head start on next year's 150th anniversary with a new website that will contain information about celebrations, events and projects.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - One hundred people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II are about to undergo medical testing in California to determine how they're doing seven decades later.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill intended to help plans for building an NBA arena in downtown Sacramento by accelerating the review process of lawsuits filed against it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles school officials say 71 iPads, including 69 from a single campus, went missing last year as the district tested a program intended to equip every student with one of the Apple tablets.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure the battle will spill into the weekend at least, and quite possibly beyond.
BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) - It was a question with no right answer that tugged heavy at the hearts of Damon Janes' teammates when the 16-year-old died after a hit in a high school football game: Should the season go on?
DETROIT (AP) - The federal fingerprint in efforts to fix Detroit is growing larger as the Obama administration has found millions of dollars in grant money to help the bankrupt city hire more police and firefighters, and clear out blighted neighborhoods.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Flags are flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation in honor of a Navajo Code Talker.
Ruben Studdard didn't even get one last pig-out session before making his way to "The Biggest Loser" ranch.
RIALTO, Calif. (AP) - An investigator says a woman arrested on suspicion of stealing lunch money from a Southern California school district may have embezzled more than $3 million over the past 14 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers say the 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during a postgame confrontation in San Francisco was the son of one of the team's security guards.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.
MIAMI (AP) - Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking devices, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.