CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama lampooned the just-completed Republican National Convention as better-suited to an era of black-and-white TV and " trickle-down, you're on your own" economics Saturday, and declared that Mitt Romney "did not offer a single new idea" to fix the economy.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, who along with partner Burt Bacharach penned dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With state budget cuts forcing California's public universities to shrink their course offerings, earning a bachelor's degree in four years is becoming even more difficult for many students. "One winter quarter, there were so few classes, I could only get three out of five offered," said David Allison, a senior at California State University San Bernardino. "CSU is no longer a four-year institution. It's more like a five- or six-year ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Beer lovers, the secret is out. The White House has made public the recipe for two homemade beers that have become an object of fascination for beer drinkers everywhere. White House Honey Brown Ale, believed to be the first beer brewed on the White House grounds, includes light malt extract, amber crystal malt, honey, gypsum, yeast and corn sugar. The recipe was released Saturday while President Barack Obama was campaigning in ...
SEATTLE (AP) - Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other spiritually oriented writings often rooted in themes of flight, was in serious condition Saturday after his small plane crashed in Washington state. His son, James Bach, told The Associated Press that his father was on his way to visit a friend on San Juan Island on Friday when his amphibian plane clipped a power line during ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A wildfire in a rugged and remote area of Mendocino County continues to spread into a wilderness area, though firefighters are making progress in surrounding the blaze. Fire officials say the North Pass Fire, burning northeast of Covelo, is 48 percent contained after consuming nearly 62 square miles. Five homes and seven outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire, while 23 homes and five commercial properties remained threatened. Meanwhile, ...
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - As record numbers of baby boomers retire, many are considering moving to rural areas. But if they choose small towns like Grants Pass, Ore., they could have a hard time finding a family doctor who takes Medicare. At the Mid-Rogue Independent Physician Association, medical director Dr. Lyle Jackson says they have a hard time recruiting new primary care doctors as others retire or move away. Experts say rural ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spate of incidents in which Los Angeles police officers are accused of using excessive force is threatening to unravel the Police Department's efforts to bolster community relations.
PASADENA (AP) - A 93-year-old prize-winning grower awoke to find that five giant pumpkins from her Pasadena front yard had been smashed including a 300-pounder she'd planned to enter in an annual weigh-off.
PHOENIX (AP) - The federal abuse-of-power investigation into America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff may have been closed without criminal charges but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal troubles are far from over.
CATHEDRAL CITY (AP) - Southern California foothill and desert communities are cleaning up after fast and furious storms sent mud and water flooding into homes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Friday approved a package of changes to California's public employee pension system that is expected to save taxpayers billions of dollars, even as Republican lawmakers said much more needs to be done to fix a system with massive liabilities.
BELLE CHASE, La. (AP) - Floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on and businesses opened Friday ahead of the holiday weekend, the beginning of what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Neil Armstrong was a humble hero who saw himself as a team player and never capitalized on his celebrity as the first man to walk on the moon, mourners said Friday outside a private service attended by fellow space pioneers, including his two crewmates on the historic Apollo 11 mission.
LANCASTER (AP) - Authorities say four young people are dead and three critically injured after a car and a pickup truck collided on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mustafa Umar, an imam in Southern California, is popular with the Muslim teenagers who attend his mosque. They pepper him with questions about sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.
NEW YORK (AP) - In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) - A small plane that couldn't land at its intended destination because of a hot air balloon festival ran out of fuel and crashed in Vermont on Saturday, injuring both men on board, police said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tens of thousands of California residents aren't getting their unemployment checks on time because of computer problems at a state agency.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Technical experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were reviewing Saturday a further disclosure from Syria about its chemical weapons program.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals Friday for their courage in a battle on a jungle hillside where more than 75 percent of the troops with them that day were killed or wounded.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - With snow already dusting Colorado's highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding, in some cases laying down crude, one-lane gravel roads just to throw a lifeline to isolated towns before winter descends.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire Saturday killing at least 22 people in an attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya's capital that was hosting a children's day event, a Red Cross official and witnesses said.
BEVERLY HILLS - Television's leading ladies stepped out Friday night to celebrate at Variety and Women in Film's annual Emmys soiree.
CHICAGO (AP) - A shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others in Chicago occurred just outside a section of the city that police have flooded with officers, reigniting outrage over the toll of the community's gun violence and the inability of stepped-up police action to stop it.
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SEATTLE (AP) - Police say Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis never got his gun back after a 2004 arrest in Seattle.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police hope a photograph of a severely beaten teenager will jog the memory of witnesses who can help piece together how he was left to die in an abandoned downtown home.
PHOENIX (AP) - How dare the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate in "our" swimming pool?