SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.
SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - California's Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday.
TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.
Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:
NEW YORK (AP) - In this year's Oscar nominations, the director's seat was the hot seat.
NEW YORK (AP) - Several times each month, a white bus picks up newly released ex-inmates at New York's Rikers Island jail complex and drives them to Harlem, where helping hands await at a transition program run by a nonprofit called the Fortune Society.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following an intense and dramatic match that ended 1-1 after extra time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A driver was killed and a passenger was seriously injured after their car crashed into a freeway construction site, causing structural damage and road closures.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If Gov. Jerry Brown wins re-election in November, he will be given an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul the California Supreme Court.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of extinction in North America.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.
Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.
BURBANK - Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes Santa Clarita, joined officials at the opening Friday of the Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license has sold for $15,757 at auction.
LONDON (AP) - Courteney Cox says she is engaged to marry Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is appointing the former executive producer of the "The Hangover" movies to the California Community College Board of Governors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors adjourned for the weekend Friday without reaching a verdict in a trial to determine fault for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan following a baseball game at Dodger Stadium three years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval Friday for work to begin on the second leg of California's proposed $68 billion high-speed rail line, endorsing the state's environmental review for the section running between Fresno and Bakersfield.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California couple is taking legal action to evict their live-in nanny who they say refused to work or leave.