VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. during a formal ceremony Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows.
ATLANTA (AP) - Since a new urban trail opened last month in an old rail corridor in Atlanta, it has drawn a steady stream of joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists to take in spectacular views of the skyline and neighborhoods once seen only by train. Hundreds of trees have been planted along the paved 14-foot-wide path, while artists have added works such as windmills made of bicycle parts and colorful murals on concrete overpasses.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A Ventura County supervisor is accusing the county's top elections official of violating campaign finance law.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Deputies used a stun gun on at least one person as they arrested six at a raucous house party in Rancho Santa Fe where someone was stabbed.
PINOLE, Calif. (AP) - A man described as a transient suffered only minor injuries after spending several hours stuck in a storm drain, authorities said.
ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - When Levi Karlsen was crushed to death while fixing up a pickup truck four years ago, authorities in his quiet county thought it was a sad mishap. But now they say his death was no accident: His father has been charged with murdering him for insurance money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a survey of Metro transit workers, most gave the agency high marks for safety overall, but nearly half said they have encountered close calls on the job that could have resulted in serious injury or death.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 15-year-old San Jose boy has been arrested in connection with a crime spree last weekend that left one man dead and a police officer wounded in a shootout, police said Saturday.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Hector "Macho" Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses in one of New England's biggest cities on Saturday, a day after a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club located next to a day care and heavily damaged a dozen other structures. The blast injured 18 people, many of them first responders.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - As many as 100 World War II veterans missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war's memorial after about $110,000 disappeared from a Kansas nonprofit that organized free trips for them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles Friday night to face charges of murder, kidnapping and rape, U.S. officials said.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church has issued a sweeping declaration that opposes efforts to relax Utah's famously strict liquor laws.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rover Opportunity may not be sleek like a brand new car, but it shows no signs of braking even after a decade on Mars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.
GENEVA (AP) - Syria's government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism - not ensuring peace - and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly with the government it wants to overthrow, casting sharp doubt Thursday on peace talks that have barely begun.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.
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