SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says it is lifting its freeze on same-sex marriages in California and the state is required to issue licenses to gay couples starting immediately.
PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park are getting a head start on next year's 150th anniversary with a new website that will contain information about celebrations, events and projects.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - One hundred people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II are about to undergo medical testing in California to determine how they're doing seven decades later.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California woman who cut off her husband's penis and threw it in a garage disposal has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - On the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee listened to scouting reports, scanned the battlefield and ordered his second-in-command, James Longstreet, to attack the Union Army's left flank.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet. It's the latest scandal to hit the Holy See and broadens an Italian probe into its secretive bank.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno's fire chief has pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges stemming from an alleged domestic dispute.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and its conservative majority are coming under pressure to act after the Senate passed a landmark immigration bill opening the door to U.S. citizenship to millions while pouring billions of dollars into securing the border with Mexico.
ORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) - The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling's showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn't have won without doping.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - President Barack Obama tried to cool the international frenzy over Edward Snowden on Thursday as Ecuador stepped up its defiance and said it was preemptively rejecting millions in trade benefits that it could lose by taking in the fugitive from his limbo in a Moscow airport.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Members of Nelson Mandela's family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates have suddenly jumped from near-record lows and are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a summertime battle of sequels, a pair of kooky cops beat out flying dragons for the top spot at the North American box office, but the dragons soared internationally.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Sunday approved California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline and adopting the highest general fund spending plan in state history.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A teenager on a Father's Day visit to Newark to honor his deceased dad died, along with his mother and four others, when a fast-moving fire ripped through a three-story home early Sunday, authorities and the boy's grandmother said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was strengthened and some staff members sent elsewhere as Iraq was shaken with instability, the State Department said Sunday.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ines Moore stirs awake nearly every night to an unmistakable, skin-crawling sound: rats skittering around her apartment in the dark.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani army said Sunday that it had launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's northwest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.
SALINAS (AP) - A California teenager with leukemia is one of nearly 40 young Americans who will attend World Cup soccer matches in Brazil thanks to a foundation that works to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.
NEVADA CITY (AP) - A Bureau of Land Management ranger, a California Highway Patrol officer and a suspect were injured Saturday in a shootout near a Northern California campground, authorities said.
SALINAS (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who was critically injured in a plane crash that killed a paramedic has died.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 69-year-old man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway.