BEIRUT (AP) - As Syrian forces struggled to drive rebels from the country's largest city, the regime's key ally Iran tried Thursday to start an alternative political process to address the crisis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers called Thursday for greater oversight of state accounts after expressing outrage over revelations that state park officials hid money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney wants to clamp down on ticket scalpers by using the same legal tool used to keep gang members from congregating in certain areas.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Irvine police say they suspect a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car suffered from postpartum depression and committed suicide.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama's health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren't so well off - people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need.
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of administering a fatal dose of heroin to a 13-year-old boy in Woodland Hills.
HOOPA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have destroyed more than 26,000 marijuana plants discovered during a major pot bust on Hoopa Valley Tribal Land in Northern California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members.
LONDON (AP) - All those podium visits inside Olympic Stadium are adding up for the Americans.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Firefighters are fighting a 125-acre fire after putting out several small fires caused by lightning strikes along the Palomar Mountain Range in northern San Diego county.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Mennonite pastor worked with a number of other people to help a woman flee the country with her 7-year-old daughter and live in Central America rather than share custody with her former lesbian partner, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in a Vermont courtroom.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday that their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $5.2 billion and warned it will miss another payment due to the U.S. Treasury, just one week after its first-ever default on a payment for future retiree health benefits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians sweltering in a lengthening heat wave were urged Thursday to voluntarily reduce power consumption, including air conditioning, through the weekend to maintain electrical reserves and avoid the possibility of involuntary outages.
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - More than 200 firefighters are battling a grass and woodland fire in the central Sierra foothills that has already destroyed two homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer has been killed in a hit-and-run crash with an SUV.
Paul and Barbara Condon tend to the succulent plants hanging in pots in a portion of their vertical garden complete with fountain and irrigation system, extending the length of 30-foot stucco wall at the back of the home in Newhall, thus making creative use of limited space for planting with difficult lighting which extends to a 10X30 foot, common area along a walkway leading to their back patio. Their garden is one of nine gardens available for viewing on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. as part of the Memorial Garden Tour to benefit the Cole William Larsen ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Jack's back.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Franchesca Moreno's work as a student teacher didn't end when the kids went home for the day.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes was only smoldering on Thursday as gusty winds eased and fire crews were able to halfway surround it, fire officials said.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia state officials were still trying Thursday to determine the environmental impact of a train derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River in downtown Lynchburg.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, injuring as many as 150 people, and creating a chaotic scene Thursday after inmates were bussed to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.
TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.