WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.
Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song "Blurred Lines" and an unrated online video to promote it.
TOKYO (AP) - In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.
GENEVA (AP) - He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
1. IN EGYPT, BLOODIEST DAY SINCE START OF ARAB SPRING
CAIRO (AP) - In Egypt's bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians.
PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) - Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's recovering housing market remains red-hot with sales hitting an eight-year high for July and prices remaining firm, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.
CAIRO (AP) - A cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter were killed during violence in Egypt on Wednesday, their employers said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A man who believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police ended the hours-long standoff by shooting him dead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.
DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.
BALTIMORE (AP) - California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Two dozen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency reported Sunday.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) - Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, officials said Sunday, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region's worst flooding since modern records began.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The commercial cargo ship Dragon left the space station on Sunday, heading home with nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for adding fuel to one of the nearly dozen blazes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most of the blazes seemed to be dying down, despite the eruption of a new fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine base.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Despite reported sightings as distant as Los Angeles and Oregon, a former California fire battalion chief suspected in the stabbing death of his girlfriend never moved far from home as he eluded capture for more than two weeks, authorities said Friday.
HONOLULU (AP) - Federal officials are investigating how two passenger jetliners got on potentially dangerous paths toward each other near Hawaii at an altitude of about 33,000 feet.