RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fiery explosion caused by a possible gas leak leveled one Southern California home, damaged two others and shook the neighborhood before dawn Friday, jolting residents awake but causing no apparent injuries.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday following his indictment in the killing of a friend authorities say was shot five times in an industrial park.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A house cat in Alaska learned the hard way not to chase mosquitoes after following one out a window and falling 11 stories.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Two Southern California brothers were charged with murder Friday after a 7-year-old girl hit in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale was declared brain dead.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A team led by Nebraska university scientists has won a federal grant to further develop aerial drones that could hover over and sample water from lakes, ponds and streams that people can't easily reach.
NEW YORK (AP) - Christina Aguilera recently debuted her slimmed-down body, but the singer says she doesn't work out like crazy.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iranian-backed Shiite militias are threatening to retaliate against American interests inside Iraq if the United States goes ahead with strikes against the Tehran-allied government in neighboring Syria, according to Iraqi security officials and militants themselves.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A fiery explosion caused by a possible gas leak leveled one Southern California home, damaged two others and shook the neighborhood before dawn Friday, jolting awake residents but causing no apparent injuries.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian government sent reinforcements, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, to a predominantly Christian village north of Damascus where rebels have battled regime troops this week, a monitoring group said Friday.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - In the final day of campaigning to host the 2020 Olympics, Madrid promoted its bid Friday as one based on a "responsible budget" that can become the model for future games.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is producing jobs at a still-subpar pace - a trend the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding this month whether to slow its bond buying and, if so, by how much.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports Thursday based on internal U.S. government documents.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oxnard wants to buy a federal Superfund site that has become a magnet for crime.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that "everything must be done" to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said Sunday.
ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) - Police in Odessa have freed some detained activists after hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed police headquarters in the Ukrainian port city.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The house fortified with boarded-up windows and makeshift alarms where Ariel Castro held three women captive for nearly a decade is gone now.
LANCASTER (AP) - One person is dead and five more are injured, including three children, after a two-car wreck in Southern California.
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Little was sacred when President Barack Obama tossed out playful but pointed jokes Saturday night - not even his own health care plan.
DALLAS (AP) - A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.
HONOLULU (AP) - The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, an official said late Friday.
Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have made progress overnight against a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes east of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man.