VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An apparent tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and caused at least several injuries.
GAO, Mali (AP) - Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles invaded Gao in wooden boats Sunday to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Travel eased and life slowly returned to normal for most New Englanders after a massive blizzard, but many remained without power in cold and darkened homes and a forecast of rain brought a new worry: Weight piling up dangerously on roofs already burdened by heavy snow.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gunshots erupted in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running and screaming. Hours later on Sunday, though, the same stretch was packed with partiers who said they weren't letting the violence dampen their fun.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Police protective units zeroed in this quiet Southern California suburb Sunday, as residents adjusted to life in the midst of a sprawling manhunt for a fugitive whose police and military background and vitriolic online manifesto has put the region on high-alert.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is not such a lonely boy after all. The singer-guitarist took the early lead at the Grammy Awards, picking up three trophies and assisting with a fourth during the pre-telecast show. Auerbach won producer of the year alone and best rock song for "Lonely Boy" and rock album for "El Camino" with his bandmate Patrick Carney, joining electronic dance music innovator Skrillex atop the early ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Actor G.W. Bailey will share the spotlight Sunday as celebrity king of the Bacchus parade - one the biggest in the run-up to Mardi Gras - with more than two dozen child cancer patients from across the country.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family says the late coach did nothing wrong in his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and portrays Paterno as the victim of a "rush to injustice" created by former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the case for Penn State.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Authorities are offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings who is the subject of a manhunt in Southern California.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Emergency crews and residents struggled to clear roadways and sidewalks from a storm that rampaged through the Northeast, dumping up to 3 feet of snow and bringing howling winds that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.
MOSCOW (AP) - After weeks of anxiety plodding through the opaque Russian legal system, two U.S. women have custody of their adopted Russian children and are preparing to take them home to start a new life together.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Everybody's thinkin' about Frank Ocean. Ocean is a cause celebre and the man with the momentum as Sunday's Grammy Awards approach. One of six top nominees with six nominations apiece, the 25-year-old R&B singer turned cultural talking point will have the music world's attention. It remains to be seen if it will be the "Thinkin Bout You" singer's night, but there's no question he's dominated the discussion so far. Already a ...
NEW YORK (AP) - New York's airports dug out from under nearly a foot of snow and started letting flights resume Saturday, while Boston's Logan Airport remained closed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dozens of flights out of Los Angeles International Airport have been canceled due to the blizzard on the east coast.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of being intoxicated in Bakersfield died after a struggle with nine officers after authorities say the suspect resisted arrest.
PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias will spend the weekend on suicide watch and return to court next week when jurors are expected to consider whether the death penalty should be an option for the former waitress' sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost's commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.
NEW YORK (AP) - A worldwide gang of criminals stole a total of $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said Thursday - and outmoded U.S. card technology may be partly to blame.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A historic vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature.
PALMDALE (AP) - Authorities in rural Los Angeles County were warning people to be on the lookout for four pit bulls suspected of killing a 63-year-old jogger Thursday.
The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help - if he could hire enough qualified people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 72-foot-long Swedish sailboat capsized Thursday while practicing for the upcoming America's Cup races in the San Francisco Bay, leaving one sailor dead and another injured, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small earthquake has shaken the west side of Los Angeles, but there are no reports of damage or injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.
SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's SWAT teams are proceeding extremely carefully as they search a rural part of Northern California where an ex-convict suspected of fatally shooting his wife and two young daughters is believed to be hiding out, authorities said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of consumer protection bills that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much insurers can charge older residents.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Politicians love few things better than a scandal to trip up their opponents, and Republicans hope last year's fatal attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya will do exactly that to Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate Republicans leaders have informed the White House that they will not submit names to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.