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.
The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what to tell their children.
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A lone police cruiser outside Columbine High School was the only outward reaction Friday to an even deadlier attack at a Connecticut elementary school.
The mass killing inside a Connecticut elementary school has educators across the country reviewing their security measures, reassuring parents and asking, "What if?"
LONDON (AP) - As the world joined Americans in mourning the school massacre in Connecticut, many urged U.S. politicians to honor the 28 victims, especially the children, by pushing for stronger gun control laws.
NEW YORK (AP) - If shoppers don't show up in stores soon, more "70 percent off" sale signs will.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A deal proposed by Nike Inc. to create hundreds of jobs in Oregon in exchange for a guarantee that the state won't change a favorable corporate tax structure prompted state lawmakers to approve emergency legislation Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand idly by as they are implemented got one from the president himself.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of California on Friday suspended a new, modern looking logo after receiving widespread criticism about the contemporary design replacing the venerable institutional seal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Amanda Bynes has resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis police officer was fatally shot and another wounded during a shootout at a home Friday, authorities said.
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.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" comment to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday after his murder trial was adjourned for the day. Pistorius denied the allegation.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops tightened a security cordon around a major insurgent-held eastern city Tuesday, but pro-Russia militia acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region bordering Russia, surrounding a major Interior Ministry base.
SAUSALITO (AP) - A marine mammal rescue group said Monday it's seeing a record number of stranded sea lions and seals along the Northern and central California coast - some of whom appear to have been sickened by toxins and others weaned by their mothers earlier than usual.
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - Cornealious "Mike" Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again - this time with no need to look over his shoulder.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two years in, schools are having mixed success putting new healthier school lunch rules in place.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. service firms grew last month at the fastest pace since August as new orders and sales grew, adding to evidence that the economy is picking up after a slow start to the year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by Los Angeles County contesting a ruling that held it liable for storm water pollution.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A fungus that can launch a fatal illness has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington.
LONDON (AP) - For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday.
FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A pilot who had thrilled audiences for decades with acrobatic stunts was killed when his vintage biplane crashed upside-down on a runway at a Northern California air show.
NEW YORK (AP) - Spider-Man can still sling it at the box office.