WASHINGTON (AP) - In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A deal proposed by Nike Inc. to create hundreds of jobs in Oregon in exchange for a guarantee that the state won't change a favorable corporate tax structure prompted state lawmakers to approve emergency legislation Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand idly by as they are implemented got one from the president himself.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of California on Friday suspended a new, modern looking logo after receiving widespread criticism about the contemporary design replacing the venerable institutional seal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Amanda Bynes has resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis police officer was fatally shot and another wounded during a shootout at a home Friday, authorities said.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the crossroads that marks the center of this three-century-old New England postcard town stands a flagpole that's a kind of barometer. Every day, says Susan Osborne White, who has lived here all her life, "it tells me which way the wind is blowing" - and she calls the local newspaper whenever the flag is lowered to half-staff, to ask why.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire Friday inside the elementary school where she taught, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots echoing through the building and screams coming over the intercom.
For those calling for the postponement of any discussion of gun and mental health policy in America – you are wrong.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, "Our hearts are broken today." He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings but did not say what it should be.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The women's basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say they approved a new injectable drug from Human Genome Sciences to treat inhalable anthrax.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Jenni Rivera, the Latin music star killed in a weekend plane crash, has made her final journey home.
HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) - Police say four people were arrested in the Los Angeles area after celebrations of Mexico's advancement into the next round of soccer's World Cup grew rowdy and poured into the street.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges after a trial dismissed by rights groups as a politically motivated sham. The verdict brought a landslide of international condemnation and calls for the newly elected president to intervene.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Monday said the comments made by ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling needed to be viewed within a broader perspective of how America faces racism.
EL CAJON, California (AP) - A California judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant Monday to 26 years-to-life in prison for his wife's fatal beating - an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.
BAGHDAD (AP) - America's top diplomat said Monday that leaders of Iraq's factions must keep their commitments to seat a new parliament next week, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for a lasting peace.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a pit bull from a tight spot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As Kate Kelly's former church leaders met in Virginia on Sunday night to decide if she'll be ousted from her church, more than 100 supporters of the founder of a prominent Mormon women's group held a vigil in Salt Lake City.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say foul play is suspected in the deaths of two inmates at a federal prison in Southern California, which is on lockdown as an investigation proceeds.