The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.
SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - California's Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday.
TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.
Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says he's aware of the controversy over drones and he'll talk to privacy and civil rights groups before deciding whether to use a pair of radio-controlled aerial surveillance craft transferred from the Seattle Police Department.
PHOENIX (AP) - In a new revelation in the growing Veterans Affairs' scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wounded during a confrontation with a cyclist was a victim of friendly fire.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Nancy Reagan has visited the California grave of her husband, President Ronald Reagan, on the 10th anniversary of his death.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say fire broke out in the engine of a Southern California commuter train and the nearly 60 people aboard were moved to the last car.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a Seattle Pacific University student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot three people.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who is charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, a 911 call released Thursday indicates.
Local sheriff's detectives are investigating their second case of grand theft involving copper in less than two weeks after $2,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from a construction site in Castaic this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cable cars, light- rail trains and buses were running again on Thursday as transit officials in san Francisco sought confirmation from drivers involved in a three-day sickout that they were actually dealing with health issues.
NEW YORK (AP) â" California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday is likely to boost TV ratings and, if he wins, create a star for a sport that could badly use one.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - For the Calder family, the "Frozen" frenzy began when the Disney movie came out in late 2013 and they took their 7-year-old daughter Caroline to see it in the theater.