WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday.
Sometimes it's not the size of the storm, it's where it hits. As Hurricane Sandy raged through one of the country's most densely populated regions, it created a surge in online traffic Monday as people sought weather-related news and various forms of online entertainment.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Virginia City has emerged as Nevada's "most bearded community" following a weekend contest.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two teenagers who didn't return from a weekend hike were safe Monday after spending two nights in wet, windy weather.
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - An off-duty San Diego police officer is expected to survive a gunshot wound to the back of his head sustained when he was robbed at an ATM machine.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Clerk has approved a petition that aims to get a question on next May's ballot asking voters to limit medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California jury on Monday convicted a woman of first-degree murder in the gruesome death of her former friend, San Francisco Bay area nursing student Michelle Le, prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California National Guard and the state Emergency Management Agency have dispatched aircraft and rescue personnel to aid the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have torn down a 6-foot-tall wooden fence surrounding a home whose owners are fighting a bank-ordered eviction.
DETROIT (AP) - And the winner is ... Japan. Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind. The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles based ...
A massive Hurricane Sandy lashed the Eastern United States with relentless rains and severe wind gusts and was expected to become an epic superstorm when it finally makes landfall in New Jersey and combines with two other weather systems.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft launched a new version of its Windows Phone software with broad support from smartphone makers, cellphone carriers and app developers as the software company tries to position new Windows gadgets as strong alternatives to Apple and Android devices.
NEW YORK (AP) - A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds Monday and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine it as a huge storm bore down on the city.
DETROIT (AP) - And the winner is ... Japan. Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind. The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles ...
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Police say they arrested the 28-year-old driver of a van in the death of his friend, a passenger who was shot by another person in Northern California.
DENVER (AP) - Gunfire erupted at a Denver pot celebration Saturday, injuring two people and scattering a crowd of thousands who had gathered for the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since the state legalized marijuana.
ANAHEIM (AP) - California safety regulators have fined a Disney contractor $60,995 after a worker was injured while cleaning the Space Mountain ride.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday as people around the city breathed easier and investigators tried to piece together the who and why of the deadly plot.
TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The two brothers accused of blowing up homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon came from a Chechen family that for decades had been tossed from one country to another by war and persecution.
NEW YORK (AP) - The White House told the Supreme Court it favored same-sex marriage. So did dozens of big corporations, a host of political and legal heavyweights - and 9-year-old Austin Covey.
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Critics dubbed USA Today "McPaper" when it debuted in 1982, and they accused its founder, Al Neuharth, of dumbing down American journalism with its easy-to-read articles and bright graphics.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The ricin mailed to the president and a U.S. senator is relatively easy to make but generally can't be used to target a large number of people, experts say.
WEST, Texas (AP) - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety.
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police officers and firefighters stood grim-faced with guns and rifles, lining the street leading to the suburban property where a suspect in twin bombings at the Boston Marathon was believed to be holed up.
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Lifting days of anxiety for a city and a nation on edge, police captured the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, found bloodied in a backyard boat Friday night less than 24 hours after a wild car chase and gun battle that left his older brother dead and Boston and its suburbs sealed in an extraordinary dragnet.
BOSTON (AP) - Moments after investigators went before television cameras to broadcast photos of the two men in ball caps wanted for the Boston Marathon bombing, queries from viewers started cascading in - 300,000 hits a minute that overwhelmed the FBI's website.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BOSTON (AP) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer who had hoped to fight on the U.S. Olympic team, a man who said he had no American friends. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrestled at a prestigious high school, won a scholarship from his city and went on to university.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security's disability program is overwhelmed by so many claims that judges sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny just to keep up with the flow of cases, according to a lawsuit filed by the judges themselves.
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - SWAT teams in armored vehicles swarmed the tense and locked-down streets of Boston and its suburbs Friday in an all-out hunt for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect after his older brother died in a desperate getaway attempt. But as evening fell, police had come up empty-handed.