WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America's phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring "we have to make choices as a society."
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Two teenage boys at a Northern California group home have been arrested on suspicion of holding down and raping an 11-year-old girl in a park.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation aimed at stemming an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is adding jobs at a steady pace - enough to show strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts if not enough to reduce still-high unemployment.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The search for victims of a building collapse that killed six people wound down Thursday, and the first civil lawsuit was filed amid mounting questions about whether the demolition company that was tearing down the structure caused the tragedy by cutting corners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wooly mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths have been dredged up from the murky depths of La Brea Tar Pits.
SAN JOSE (AP) - President Barack Obama is making a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law.
MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin pulled off one of his most audacious pieces of stagecraft, attending a ballet with his rarely seen wife, then emerging smiling and announcing their marriage is over.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy could hardly believe the call when he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster intersection, one of them holding an alligator.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police and other authorities are searching the La Brea Tar Pits for evidence in a homicide investigation and aren't revealing what they may have found.
QUNEITRA, Golan Heights (AP) - Syrian rebels briefly seized control of a border crossing along the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Thursday, prompting the withdrawal of a major Austrian peacekeeping contingent and heightening fears in Israel that it could soon be dragged into the neighboring country's civil war.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005 though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron Calderon's offices in Sacramento.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California middle school teacher was charged with distributing child pornography after he met an undercover agent in his classroom to look at sexually explicit images, authorities said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.
Lower stock prices on Thursday set up investors for what would be their third day in a row of declines.
Celebrity reactions to the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards will be given Jan. 12.
NEW DELHI (AP) - India's law minister said Thursday that the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, and that the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker.
RENO, Nevada (AP) - A mother and her youngest child were discharged Wednesday from a Nevada hospital a day after being rescued with four other group members who were stranded for two days in a bitter cold mountain wilderness when their Jeep rolled over.
NEW DELHI (AP) - India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - More than 107,000 Californians have enrolled for coverage through Nov. 30 under the state's health insurance exchange, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal Health and Human Services Department.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve McQueen's historic saga "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations list for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, cementing it as a solid Academy Awards prospect with four nominations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Opposition protesters in Ukraine have rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
NEW YORK (AP) - Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - World leaders and thousands of South Africans on Wednesday filed past the flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela, having a final look at the anti-apartheid icon in the amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years earlier as the country's first black president.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic landing aids were out of service due to construction, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.