NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge upheld Connecticut's gun control law on Thursday, saying the sweeping measure is constitutional even as he acknowledged the Second Amendment rights of gun owners who sued to block it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, two hours after Lee Baca stepped down as head of the nation's largest sheriff's department in the wake of a scandal over alleged jail beatings and corruption.
NEW YORK (AP) - As a New York City firefighter, Sarinya Srisakul didn't work with another woman for five years, and when she did, she took pictures because it was so rare.
TORONTO (AP) - Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fight over affirmative action in California's higher education system is coming back.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - African leaders are meeting in Ethiopia Thursday at a summit to discuss outbreaks of violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as food security across the continent.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An appeals court in Florence began deliberations Thursday in the third murder trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend as the star defendant waited on another continent with, in her words, "my heart in my throat."
ATLANTA (AP) - The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm - but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved higher in morning trading Thursday, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and an encouraging report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.
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TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California said on Friday they found a family of four dead inside a home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of the young man who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month says it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass killings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting a suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For John Brooks, the years of waiting for officials to come up with money for a suicide barrier on San Francisco's majestic Golden Gate Bridge have been agonizing. He has fought for one ever since his 17-year-old daughter, Casey, jumped from the rust-colored span in 2008.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's chefs and bartenders can resume legally handling food with their bare hands under a bill headed to the governor's desk that would repeal an unpopular regulation.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon could be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana after sponsors of an initiative delivered five boxes stuffed with signed petitions to the state Capitol on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An initiative seeking to lower the criminal penalties for certain theft and drug crimes has qualified for the November ballot in California.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A volunteer who broke his back while searching for two hikers in the Orange County wilderness is suing one of the hikers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A monthlong national effort to capture sex predators led to 275 arrests in Southern California that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy and a U.S. Army soldier, authorities said Thursday.