CHICAGO (AP) - The defense depicts Sami Samir Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth sucked into a terrorist plot during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life by an informant eager to please his FBI handlers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren't up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama's health care law.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed two bills designed to better safeguard teachers and students from attacks.
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) - California Highway Patrol authorities say a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman was caused by a Marine falling asleep at the wheel of a Humvee and drifting into oncoming traffic in Joshua Tree.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A young man identified by the coroner as the driver in a single-car crash that killed five teenagers did not have a valid driver's license, DMV officials said Wednesday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The massive twin-tunnel system that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its accompanying delta habitat restoration plan will cost half a billion dollars more than previously reported, according to new estimates California state water officials released Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills intended to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The magnitude of a Southern California coastal earthquake has been revised upward slightly to 4.8.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman whose sharply conservative views on social and fiscal issues elevated her to a leader of the tea party movement, announced Wednesday she will not seek a fifth term but insisted the decision was unrelated to ethics inquiries or her near-loss last fall.
GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.
COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities haven't found any sign of three men missing after a massive mudslide struck a remote part of western Colorado.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal - the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say a deputy has been shot and a suspect is dead following a confrontation in Long Beach.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian senator startled his colleagues by producing a fake pipe bomb during a committee hearing on Monday.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - It was Friday night when Elliot Rodger's mother got a call from her son's therapist that he had emailed a ranting manifesto about going on a deadly rampage.
WASHINGTON (AP) - China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China's vast market remains an irresistible source of business.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Europe's moves to rein in Google - including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name - may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A robbery and shooting left two men injured early Sunday, authorities said, just 24 hours after an Indiana man was fatally shot in the same parking lot near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The threats of suicide and violence captured in Elliott Rodger's online videos were unsettling, even terrifying.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The finish at the Indianapolis 500 was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.