Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the private hell of a mother's grief, the sounds come back to Judy Neiman. The SUV door slamming. The slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctor's sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open heart surgeries, would not make it this time.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Wednesday pressed the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for more analysis on its damaged steam generators, as the government considers when, or if, one of the seaside reactors can be restarted safely.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Dozens of lions that used to entertain tourists at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas now have a new day job.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Dempsey says he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems in its vehicles.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.
NEW YORK (AP) - For the stock market, this week hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers pulled stocks lower Wednesday as U.S. markets reopened following the Christmas holiday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues.
DUNSMUIR, Calif. (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police were trying to determine Wednesday whether there was a connection between a Christmas Day shooting that left a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee dead and a crash hours later that killed a woman and a boy.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Students escaping chilly winter temperatures in southeastern New Mexico were congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym, waiting for classes to start when they heard a loud pop.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
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