LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Rizzo, accused of massive corruption in a small California city, was apparently still pulling strings when he quietly arranged to plead no contest to 69 charges, only days before he was to go on trial on charges of misappropriation of funds and related crimes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with no strings attached.
Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections - a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses - a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest victims of the government's partial shutdown: policy wonks, politicians and TV talking heads who are losing their monthly opportunity to dissect the jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and pumped three bullets into her father. When her 14-year-old brother rushed out of his bedroom to see what was happening, he was also shot dead.
Shares of Tesla Motors are down another 5 percent as investors in the high-flying company assess the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Everybody gathers around Joe, the guy who seems to have all the answers. Only he doesn't.
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it could take a couple of days before troopers release the names of the eight people who died in a fiery bus crash.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Preparations began Thursday along the central Gulf Coast as newly formed Tropical Storm Karen threatened to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year.
ROME (AP) - A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted for.
VENTURA (AP) - Southern California authorities have arrested 21 people in connection with selling prescription medications including Adderall, OxyContin and Xanax on the internet.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday with no sign of a way out after a White House conversation between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders seemed only to harden the stances of Democrats and Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cellphone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home prices rose slightly to a new 6½-year high last month as tight inventories limited sales.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ahead of the first World Cup match, but the demonstrations largely died down before kickoff.
BAGHDAD (AP) - The al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following lightning gains.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.
NEW YORK (AP) - The oil market has balanced out quite nicely for OPEC in recent years. Now, upheaval in Iraq shows that balance may be more precarious than it has seemed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states - and even removed altogether in some places.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bad weather is preventing NASA from launching a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes. The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan as investigators look into what role his long commute to work played in the accident.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his estranged wife as she worked at a Southern California supermarket.
NEW YORK (AP) - O.J. TV was a national pastime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tuna, the hound so homely he's irresistible, peeks out from beneath his blanket, baring his row of buck teeth in a slapstick smile for the camera.