SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - With police and civic leaders urging calm, a jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a cop wannabe who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has convened to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation's toughest abortion laws.
MOSCOW (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a parliament member who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Confronted by a spate of natural disasters, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut funding for education and stockpiled tax revenues two years ago while committing $150 million to respond to the deadly Joplin tornado and widespread flooding.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Last year, a Kenyan mother left her country to take a job as a maid for a royal Saudi family hoping to make enough money to cover her ailing 7-year-old daughter's medical bills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A detective in the search for a missing Southern California boy that became a murder investigation says a woman who called saying she was having visions led authorities to the boy's body.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system.
CAIRO (AP) - Prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt's ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Call it the Bernanke Boost.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash landing at the San Francisco airport squarely on the pilots.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California corrections officials say more than 12,400 prison inmates have skipped at least nine consecutive meals, meaning they are considered to be on an extended hunger strike.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Entire statement to the people of San Diego from Mayor Bob Filner, who apologized Thursday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women and calls to resign from former supporters:
SAN DIMAS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the diary of a Southern California teacher's aide reveals her sexual relationship with an underage student and that she gave birth to the boy's baby.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis on Thursday after he underwent brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital.
MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - The father of an 11-year-old California boy who went missing and is believed dead says his son did not have autism, as his ex-wife and authorities have said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against an Arizona man who was recently detained by police while trying to meet the singer-actress.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mother has been charged with stabbing to death her three young daughters, whose bloody bodies were found on a bed at her Southern California home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling is turning his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers over to his estranged wife, and she is in talks with the NBA to sell the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.
LONDON (AP) - In the battle royal over Richard III's bones, Britain's High Court has given the victory to Leicester.
SANTA PAULA (AP) - Authorities say at least one person was killed when a helicopter crashed in Santa Paula.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, voicing hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles commuters who dealt with traffic tie-ups, lane re-routings and warnings over gridlock events dubbed "Carmageddon" and "Jamzilla" have been rewarded with a new 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405.
PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena police are investigating after a Caltrans crew clearing brush discovered human bones on a hillside near the 134 Freeway.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.
KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oil equals boom - especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.