FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The prosecutors pursuing the death penalty against the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will soon begin trying to answer a difficult but key question: Why did Maj. Nidal Hasan attack his fellow soldiers in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base?
SEAL BEACH (AP) - A section of one of Southern California's busiest freeways reopened ahead of schedule Sunday, ending the threat of historic traffic snarls after workers finished demolishing an old bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals because of a mechanical problem Sunday, handing Italy's Luna Rossa a victory that evened the series at one apiece.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police in Las Vegas are investigating a carjacking that left one man dead and another critically injured.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Ruiz had four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies benefited from two ninth-inning errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday, giving interim manager Ryne Sandberg his first victory and ending Los Angeles' 10-game winning streak.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari previously owned by the late Eddie Smith, a North Carolina orphan-turned-millionaire, sold at auction for $27.5 million, setting a world record.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's official news agency says 36 people were killed when Muslim Brotherhood detainees tried to escape from a prison truck convoy in northern Cairo.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A young man who testified he was sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will get a reported multimillion-dollar payout in the first of what is expected to be dozens of settlements between the university and Sandusky's accusers.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A team of U.N. weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday for a long-delayed mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical arms in Syria's civil war.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is serving up success at the box office.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father's name will be gold in her Senate race. And in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu counts on her kin's New Orleans ties to help lift her to re-election in a tough race.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The effort to recall San Diego's embattled mayor is kicking off in the nation's eighth-largest city Sunday, one day before Bob Filner is set to return to work at City Hall after undergoing behavior therapy.
LONG BEACH (AP) - The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city.
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Traffic is moving smoothly as motorists navigate around a closed section of one of Southern California's busiest freeways.
CEBU, Philippines (AP) - As the MV Thomas Aquinas cruised toward Cebu city in the central Philippines, navy marshal Richard Pestillos prepared for a brief stop while some passengers watched a band and others soaked in the night breeze on the deck.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California say two suspected bank robbers who took three women hostage and were killed in a resulting shootout with officers were gang members.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia, a spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council said Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal jury was set to begin a second day of deliberations on Thursday in the trial of a man accused of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during the investigation into the deadly attack.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.
WHITTIER (AP) - When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending ricin-laced letters to officials including President Barack Obama was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says California Highway Patrol investigators have seized medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of the agency's officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge Wednesday ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The arrest of a prominent immigration activist and former journalist at a Texas airport was a reminder of the authority that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The difficulties that military veterans face securing jobs are "unacceptable" and the notion of a veteran mired in homelessness should "horrify all of us," Michelle Obama said Wednesday in Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say water usage increased 8 percent in May in a coastal area of Southern California partially because previous conservation efforts spared residents from seeing the impact of the most severe drought in the state in four decades.