NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose on Wall Street as investors were encouraged by signs of progress in budget talks in Washington. Just two weeks remain before tax increases and government spending cuts take effect if no deal is reached.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grief-stricken Newtown began burying the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys - one of them a big football fan, the other described as a whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A car bomb exploded in a crowded market in Pakistan's troubled northwest tribal region near the Afghan border Monday, killing 17 people and wounding more than 40 others, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the "fiscal cliff."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a man for allegedly posting Facebook threats against Los Angeles elementary schools.
NEW YORK (AP) - Diet Pepsi is quietly changing its sweetener ahead of a major rebranding of the soft drink set for next month.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 littlest victims of the school gunman. Authorities could not say when or whether the school, now a crime scene and forever scarred, would reopen.
Lily Rosell anxiously weighed whether to take her 7-year-old daughter to school Monday morning, the first day of classes since the Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 20 children around her child's age dead.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the bar, everybody knew her name.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."
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.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A man who fired about 50 shots in the parking lot of a crowded Southern California shopping mall, sending shoppers sprinting for safety, was cooperative when officers took him into custody, authorities said Sunday.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's longtime vice president said Sunday that his regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path after 21 months of civil war, a rare admission by a top government official that President Bashar Assad's victory is unlikely.
CAIRO (AP) - Nevine Mustafa finally had enough after 10 hours of waiting to cast her "no" vote in Egypt's referendum on a highly disputed draft constitution. She and the other women in line were convinced the judge running the polling station was deliberately stalling to drive away voters opposed to the document.
The three cities vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl entered the home stretch Wednesday.
HAVANA (AP) - Rebels allied with a young Fidel Castro burst into the street outside Havana's Government Palace as soldiers loyal to strongman Fulgencio Batista rain gunfire from above. Steps away, Ernest Hemingway and a young journalist friend dive for cover behind a parked car.
NEW YORK (AP) - Many potential employees don't follow directions on job postings, are no-shows at interviews and sometimes accept a job only to say at the last minute, they're going to work for somebody else.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - A pro-Russia militia holding an eastern Ukrainian city came under further pressure Tuesday from advancing government troops, but militants acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Of 809 complaints filed against U.S. Border Patrol agents during a three-year period, disciplinary measures were taken in just 13 cases, according to a report released Tuesday by an immigrant advocacy organization.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday broadened its national crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as federal agents served hundreds of search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. Airport officials said Tuesday it's going to get worse.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hotter, drier conditions in the already drought-stricken Southwest are expected to further stress the region's water supply, threatening specialty crops and making forests more vulnerable to wildfires and tree-killing insects.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - Three sea lions - including one nicknamed Hoppie, who was rescued from an almond orchard in Modesto - have been released back into the wild.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - A pilot who crashed and died while performing a stunt at a Northern California air show had recently passed a skills test that included his flying routines, the head of an air show trade association said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.
HESPERIA (AP) - Interstate 15 is expected to remain closed northeast of Los Angeles for up to two days after a fire erupted where a bridge is being constructed.
NEW YORK (AP) - There were stunners, snoozers and bummers at the Met Gala, the former led by Sarah Jessica Parker, Karolina Kurkova and Sarah Silverman in stunning princess ball gowns and the latter led by, well, many.