LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher who worked nearly 40 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students, a year after another veteran teacher accused of molesting nearly two dozen pupils brought national attention to the district and the problem of classroom sex abuse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix has re-emerged as a stock-market star after a fourth-quarter performance that demonstrated its success in broadening the appeal of its Internet video service amid stiffer competition.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico teen accused of killing his family and plotting to randomly gun down Wal-Mart shoppers spent much of the day after the early morning slayings at his church, wandering the campus as dozens of Sunday school teachers were being trained on how to deal with a shooter, a security official said.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several "Peanuts" television shows was charged Wednesday with stalking and threatening his former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement he apparently didn't like.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The reward for information in the killing of a pediatrician found bound and burned inside her downtown home has grown to $35,000, officials said Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The man who was the voice of Charlie Brown on many "Peanuts" television shows has been charged with stalking and threatening his former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement he apparently didn't like.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Rising prices sent California home foreclosure activity to a six-year low in the fourth quarter, a real estate research said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax is going to work for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special adviser.
HOUSTON (AP) - Charges aren't expected to be filed against a 25-year-old man who was involved in an argument that escalated into gunfire at a Houston-area community college, officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - International scientists who last year halted controversial research with the deadly bird flu say they are resuming their work as countries adopt new rules to ensure safety.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sexual misconduct within the Air Force's ranks is a "cancer" that the service is committed to eradicating, the Air Force's top officer said Wednesday at the first congressional hearing into a sex scandal at a training headquarters in Texas.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California woman yelled "You deserve it" before severing her estranged husband's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife and throwing it in a garbage disposal, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements at her trial.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why, officials said Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) - Investigators poring over photos and video from the Boston Marathon bombing have a department-store surveillance-camera image of a man dropping off a bag at the scene of the one of the blasts, a top city politician said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, turned away legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting repeated appeals from President Barack Obama and personal pleas by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
BEIJING (AP) - She was a food fan, eager for culinary discoveries. In her last microblog update the morning before the Boston Marathon blasts, the Chinese graduate student identified as the attack's third victim posted a photo of ciabatta-like bread chunks and fruit.
DENVER (AP) - Skiers are rejoicing and stores are pulling snowblowers out of storage as a persistent spring storm delivers yet another round of wet snow to parts of Wyoming, Colorado and the Dakotas.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI says the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Drought and demand are pushing the Colorado River beyond its limits - with the needs of more than 40 million people in seven Western states projected to outstrip dwindling supply over the next 50 years, according to an advocacy group's report on endangered rivers released on Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) - Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest Wednesday with prayers and ceremony, plus cheers and occasional jeers, as Britain paused to remember a leader who transformed the country - for the better according to many, but in some eyes for the worse.
PALMDALE (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy who ran away from home and may have taken his father's gun shot himself at a restaurant and later died at a hospital.
DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines is promising to run a near-normal operation on Wednesday, and that would be just fine for the tens of thousands of passengers who were stranded by a mammoth technology meltdown at the nation's third-biggest airline.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - An employee of a gourmet popcorn company distraught over a relationship-gone-wrong with a co-worker held an executive at gunpoint for hours Tuesday before crisis negotiators convinced her to surrender, police said.
LONDON (AP) - The Iron Lady is being laid to rest - yet even in death, she remains a divisive figure.
BOSTON (AP) - Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building, an official said Wednesday.