MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.
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LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A decade after a Christmas Day mudslide swept through a Southern California church mountain retreat, worshippers have continued their mission at a new spot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If Meals on Wheels didn't deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Officials now say 34 homes were destroyed in a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region, 12 more than originally estimated.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has awarded nearly $5.7 million to four servers who alleged they were fired from a Los Angeles restaurant because of their ages.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued 127 pardons on Tuesday, the vast majority of them to people who had been convicted of drug dealing, cultivation or possession.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Newly released 911 tapes paint a scene of panic and terror inside a Reno medical building where dozens of callers hid in bathrooms and exam rooms from a suicidal gunman who killed one doctor and shot another at a urology clinic where he said he'd had a vasectomy that ruined his life.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As large sections of the U.S. deal with severe winter weather for the holidays, California is sunny and dry with high temperatures rising into the low 80s in some southern areas.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A judge on Tuesday ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) - Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.
MOSCOW (AP) - Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, the world's most popular firearm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing a fast-moving Islamic insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets that U.S. could hit, officials said.
DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a "terror kingpin" among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - Interstate 405 in northwestern Orange County was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) - A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp - again.
DETROIT (AP) - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes "hundreds of millions" of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the range of Internet radio leader Pandora.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Convicted killers in three states were facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night, potentially the first lethal injections in the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital and four young Sunnis were found slain, as ominous signs emerged Tuesday that open warfare between the two main Muslim sects has returned to Iraq.
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Could Texas Gov. Rick Perry be California dreamin'?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Your money or your life?
Many years ago the phone rang late at night. A young boy heard his father say he would be right there. Wanting a chaperone, the father told his son to get dressed and once again they went out into the night to help a single woman, a small town friend in need.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the captured Libyan militant suspected of killing Americans in Benghazi will face the full weight of the American justice system.