WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising prices and unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through, with 4 in 10 saying the nation's economy is getting better.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former martial arts instructor is facing up to 255 years in a California prison for molesting 11 students.
NEW YORK (AP) - Weather experts had good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents Tuesday: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A controversial cross honoring war dead that was stolen from its Mojave Desert perch two years ago has been discovered hundreds of miles away in the San Francisco Bay area.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major stock-market indexes climbed Tuesday as investors waited for the finish of a closely fought U.S. presidential election.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a blaze has broken out in the hills above the tony community of Montecito, near Santa Barbara.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say two more people have died after being shot at a California chicken processing plant, bringing the death toll to three.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A severely autistic Southern California teenager was left inside a school bus alone for nearly seven hours.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino may be forced to disband its Police Department while the Southern California city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - California Coastal Commission staff members have opposed an offshore earthquake survey near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, saying it could disturb and even kill marine animals.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Campaign 2012 packed frantic suspense to the finish Tuesday, with Vice President Joe Biden flying unannounced up next to Republican Mitt Romney in battleground Ohio even as voters across the country were deciding who would win the White House.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A troubled economy, record political spending and a surge in registered voters mark the election Tuesday that also comes with California at a crossroads.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New Yorkers forced from their homes because of Superstorm Sandy will be able to voteby affidavit ballot at any polling site in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
BEIRUT (AP) - Gunmen killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker in a hail of bullets as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state news agency said, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says members of a Southern California city council can open their meetings with a prayer.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Usher, Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte and others have been added to the list of performers and presenters for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will appoint veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director, a White House official said, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Add another investor to the group Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is assembling to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Riverside now says it's pulling its pledge of $100,000 toward the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for rogue ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner.
WASHINGTON (AP) - They mostly kept their distance, these supporters and opponents of gay marriage, as they massed Tuesday in front of the stately Supreme Court to proclaim with signs and sayings their conflicting views about a cutting-edge issue now in the hands of America's top jurists.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state correctional officer and his search dog died Monday in a single-vehicle crash in San Diego County.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000.
HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) - Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements and his wife were watching television when the doorbell rang last Tuesday night. Clements opened the door and was shot to death.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man who allegedly broke into "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston's car late last year and stole a script for the popular television show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems.