STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Prosecutors on Monday brought first-degree murder charges against a man in the killing of four suspected escorts whose bodies were found stuffed in the trunks of abandoned cars in Detroit last year.
ARCATA, Calif. (AP) - A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - The Coast Guard has ended a search for a teenager whose parents were killed when the three family members tried to rescue their dog from powerful surf in Northern California.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Sixteen people have died in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic, police said Monday after three additional victims expired in hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former hedge fund portfolio manager accused of enabling a quarter of a billion dollars in profits by passing along inside information in one of the largest insider trading fraud cases in history appeared in a Manhattan court for the first time Monday and was released on $5 million bail, though his movements were restricted.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Amy Winehouse's father has stopped the performance in Denmark of a play about the late British singer, declining permission for the use of her music and photos in the production, officials said Monday.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip began indirect talks Monday in Egypt aimed at forging a new era of relations between the bitter enemies following a cease-fire that ended the heaviest fighting in nearly four years.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Add seven swans, six geese and five golden rings to the list of Christmas gifts that cost more than they did a year ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A motorist has been shot in the face by a gunman firing from a passing car on a Los Angeles freeway.
CORONA, Calif. (AP) - A pilot is dead after his helicopter exploded in flames at a Southern California airport refueling area.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it's Cyber Monday's turn.
BERLIN (AP) - A fire broke out Monday at a workshop for disabled people in southwestern Germany, killing 14 people and injuring at least six others, authorities said.
LONDON (AP) - The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus Sunday in what an activist called a "blow to the morale of the regime" near President Bashar Assad's seat of power, while the bombardment of a village near the capital killed at least eight children.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Florida sheriff's office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter overlooked evidence that someone in their home did a Google search for "fool-proof" suffocation methods on the day the girl was last seen alive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The board of American Apparel voted to oust founder Dov Charney as chairman and notified him of its intent to remove him as president and chief executive, the clothing chain said in a statement Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing a fast-moving Islamic insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets that U.S. could hit, officials said.
DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a "terror kingpin" among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - Interstate 405 in northwestern Orange County was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.