SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime Northern California politician pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges that he used campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
HONOLULU (AP) - A defense contractor who works in intelligence at the U.S. Pacific Command has been charged with giving national security secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles youth football team has been banned from practicing at a park after a fight among adult fans at a pizza parlor led to a fatal stabbing.
NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the tens of thousands of New Yorkers stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked by police in the past decade were wrongly targeted because of their race, lawyers for four men who claim they were illegally stopped said Monday.
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that San Bernardino County school district officials step in to end discrimination againstgay students by teachers and administrators at a district high school.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments.
VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A document attributed to a woman charged in the death of a Camp PendletonMarine's wife identifies her as a participant in a beating and asphyxiation and says her co-defendant should not be charged with a crime, a detective testified Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University plans to spend the projected $125.1 million in extra state funding for the 2013-14 academic year to expand enrollment and online courses, boost employee salaries and pay for increased energy and health benefit costs, officials said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants to create a 25-foot buffer zone around Planned Parenthood and other clinics that are the target of anti-abortion protesters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could be restarted safely and run at full power, but the risk of a breakdown would increase to vexing levels after 11 months, a report concluded Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether a faulty steering wheel caused a California raceway crash that killed two people, including the young cousin of the teenage driver, officials said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures says it is increasing its release slate by four films per year after a record-breaking run at the international box office.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Online enrollment for California's new health insurance exchange resumed Wednesday after technical glitches on the system's opening day forced overnight upgrades.
PARIS (AP) - Top European officials are keeping a worried eye on the U.S. government shutdown, saying it could pose a risk for the continent's fledgling recovery.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66.
BEIRUT (AP) - As deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus, international inspectors left their hotel on Wednesday to start work on the task of destroying Syria's chemical arsenal under the tightest of deadlines in the midst of a civil war.
BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) - Friends preparing to bury five relatives who died in a Colorado rock slide are remembering the father credited for saving his daughter's life as a selfless volunteer who probably didn't flinch to jump in front of cascading boulders to protect his daughter.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon McMillan has trained as many as 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. Then he started saving dogs from animal shelters, training them and finding homes for them.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers locked in a political stare-down Wednesday were buffeted by rising anger from across the nation about a partial government shutdown that ruined vacations, sapped businesses and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. Some on Capitol Hill ominously suggested the impasse might last for weeks, but a few Republicans seemed ready to blink.
WASHINGTON (AP) - US factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2 ½ years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Thousands of Californians seeking to buy their own health insurance flooded call centers with questions and overloaded the state's online marketplace Tuesday on the first day of a new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance.
YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - The Northern California district attorney named as a suspect in an arson at his former lover's house will retire.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four bodies were found inside the burned wreckage of a private jet that crashed into a hangar after landing, a coroner's official said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state - blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.
ATLANTA (AP) - Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An employee of the company that owned the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig testified Tuesday that he was surprised when BP scrapped his team's design to stop the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.