LAS VEGAS (AP) - Women from around the world squared off Wednesday night for the right to be called Miss Universe, as celebrity judges descended on the red carpet and brought some extra sparkle to the Las Vegas Strip.
NEW YORK (AP) - Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy's "Homeland" just got bigger.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Santa Clara County have identified a third suspect accused of beating a Northern California handyman allegedly forced to fix a dishwasher and other appliances under the threat of his life.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County prosecutors say they've charged a 66-year-old man with having illegal weapons and materials to make pipe bombs in his home.
NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never.
DENVER (AP) - A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains could cause headaches for travelers as it tracks into the Midwest and Great Lakes region.
NEW YORK (AP) - Zac Posen is in on "Project Runway" - he'll be the new featured judge, filling the chair Michael Kors sat in for the show's first 10 seasons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The most prized holiday guests are those that eat with gusto, express their appreciation and lick their plates clean.
NEW YORK (AP) - Marilyn Monroe. The Rolling Stones. And Bond - James Bond. What do they have in common?
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Wednesday pressed forward with the construction of thousands of new homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, part of a series of new settlement plans that have drawn worldwide rebuke, including from its closest ally, the United States.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of the panel that reviewed the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya say insufficient security staffing led to the weaknesses at the diplomatic post in lawless Benghazi.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.
WASHINGTON (AP) - You can find it on the Internet for $250 or less. But if Medicare is paying, a standard-issue brace for back patients costs more than $900.
NEW YORK (AP) - "I want to do everything!"
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a town of broken politics, the path to compromise is littered with broken promises. It's called governing.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.
Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.
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.