NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Six-year-old Jennifer Waters came to Mass on Sunday at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church with a lot of questions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry stands tall as President Barack Obama's good soldier.
No water, power, cash: Syria rebels run broke town
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet.
DENVER (AP) - Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.
A gold plaque hangs next to a bullet hole in the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a lone gunman killed six worshippers and injured three others last August. It is engraved with the words, "We Are One."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - They are seen as the progenitors of Chicano rock 'n' roll, the first band that had the boldness, and some might even say the naiveté, to fuse punk rock with Mexican folk tunes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence.
FRIANT, Calif. (AP) - Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.
CAIRO (AP) - Egyptians took their quarrel over a draft constitution to polling stations Saturday after weeks of violent turmoil between the newly empowered Islamists and the mostly liberal opposition over the future identity of the nation.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Hugo Chavez's cancer has upended politics in Venezuela, transforming Sunday's nationwide elections for state governors and legislators into a test of his legacy that could chart the country's future in the uncertain months ahead.
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese voted Sunday in parliamentary elections that were expected to put the once-dominant conservatives back in power after a three-year break - and bring in a more nationalistic government amid tensions with big neighbor China.
Peacemaking with the Palestinians, once the main issue by far in Israeli politics, has been strikingly absent from the campaign for next month's general election. After years of public frustration with failed peace efforts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's badly divided challengers are trying instead to tap the economic angst of the middle class and a widespread resentment of perks enjoyed by fervently devout Jews.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County sheriff says arson will be among the many possibilities investigators will look at in trying to determine what caused nine fires to break out during a two-day heat wave.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.
NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A state fire official says an aggressive wildfire has burned at least 30 homes in the Southern California city of Carlsbad.
SOMA, Turkey (AP) - In a relentless procession that ignited wails of grief and flashes of anger, rescue workers coated in grime lumbered out of a mine in western Turkey again and again Wednesday, struggling to carry bodies covered in blankets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County - threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton - as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave.
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O'Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government launched talks Wednesday on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan, but didn't invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.
Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers - or regulators - expect them to.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.
With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday - caretaker of people's reputations - when Europe's highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high spending plan thanks to California's recent tax windfall. But the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed to pay for an unexpectedly high number of people enrolling in health care, while the rest should be used to help shore up the teachers' retirement system.