SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Just after his team advanced to the Illinois state high school football championship Saturday, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin's coach had his players take a knee at midfield for a prayer with their opponents - a team from a town brought to its own knees just six days earlier by a deadly tornado.
BANGKOK (AP) - Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. has marched eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is a scorching hit at the box office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Operations were back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday following a car crash and false alarms that evacuated terminals, stalled dozens of flights and panicked passengers jittery after a recent shooting rampage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent $162 million on a new computerized billing system that has overcharged customers and sparked a flood of complaints.
PHOENIX (AP) - A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A powerful storm system is marching across the Western U.S., leaving parts of Arizona, Nevada and California soaked as it bears down on New Mexico with predictions of widespread snow and freezing temperatures.
GENEVA (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of other major powers were converging Saturday to lend their weight to the Iran nuclear talks after envoys reported progress in marathon negotiations to curb the Iranian program in return for limited sanctions relief.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."
PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) - An explosion in a western Wyoming gas field has injured five workers, one of them critically.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina newspaper deliveryman picked up a teddy bear on a rural road, only to have authorities tell him later a bomb had been stuffed inside.
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.
FRESNO (AP) - State officials on Thursday accused FedEx Ground Package System of violating California's hazardous waste laws since 2008 by failing to properly handle broken or leaking packages containing harmful materials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California immigration consultant and her employee were arrested Thursday on charges that they filed fake green card applications.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.