SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven people have been charged with smuggling bladders from an endangered fish in what authorities said Wednesday may be a growing international practice in which the bladders are sold for up to $20,000 each to be used in a highly desired soup.
WEST, Texas (AP) - The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant was estimated Wednesday to exceed $100 million, as crews continued to sift through a 90-foot-wide crater searching for answers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many of the relatives of Californians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks say they never knew that millions of dollars were raised in their name for college scholarships. Now lawmakers want to give them another chance to apply for money that an Associated Press investigation and subsequent audit found was poorly administered.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Standing with school leaders from San Diego County to Shasta County, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called his education funding plan a civil rights "cause for the children of California" as he tries to persuade reluctant members of his own party to include his proposal in the upcoming state budget.
PHOENIX (AP) - Ticket scalping is nothing new in the sports and music world, but for a murder trial?
NEW YORK (AP) - Sales for Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" are up by 597 percent a week after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) - A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction.
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) - Rescuers using floodlights worked into the night Wednesday to attempt to free dozens of people believed trapped under an eight-story building housing garment factories that collapsed near Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 87 people.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A second Mississippi man investigated in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator said Wednesday that investigators "ripped" through his house during an hours-long search the previous day after charges were dropped against another man in the case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major traffic corridor through the Santa Monica Mountains has reopened after nearly a monthlong closure for a water project.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren't adept at new technology. America's economy will suffer if schools don't step up their game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California marine biologist has pleaded guilty to illegally feeding killer whales in the wild, federal prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Allan Arbus, who played the wise - and wisecracking - psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV's "M.A.S.H.," has died at age 95.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval responded Tuesday to allegations that the state is dumping psychiatric patients in other states after they're discharged, denying systematic wrongdoing but saying Nevada officials had taken steps to avoid future errors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - What next for South Africa?
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.