NEW YORK (AP) - In the emotion-charged realm of adoption, the Internet has been a transformative force, often for good, sometimes for ill.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students at Cal State Fullerton who barricaded themselves inside classrooms and dorm rooms Wednesday afternoon prepared to stay put into the night as police searched for two suspects in a jewelry store robbery, while another suspect was caught after a high-speed pursuit that spanned three counties and ended on a baseball field where Los Angeles' police chief was giving away toys.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Lingering radioactive contamination exists at a former rocket test lab outside of Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, federal environmental regulators said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - New Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen opened a benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday by making a plea that what made his boyhood home special not be forgotten when it is rebuilt.
BOSTON (AP) - With a little help from her mother, Noelle Joy Klinker started life as a happy coincidence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors on Wednesday appealed the dismissal of anti-paparazzi driving charges against a photographer accused of recklessly chasing Justin Bieber on a Los Angeles freeway earlier this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students at Cal State Fullerton have been told to stay inside with doors locked while police search the campus for suspects in an armed robbery at a Riverside County jewelry store.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal government isn't going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government's top water official said Wednesday.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say a 28-year-old Los Angeles man has been convicted of participating in a murder plot that killed two members of an Anaheim Hills family in 2007.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early stage prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday.
ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - Police in California have reopened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed the wife of an upstate New York man recently charged with murdering his son.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge revoked Lindsay Lohan's probation on Wednesday and scheduled a hearing that could result in more jail time for the closely watched "Liz and Dick" star.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose, extending a winning streak, after the Federal Reserve said it will continue to boost the U.S. economy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management is auctioning off nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands in Central California, home to one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The mysterious death of a 30-year-old Palestinian gas station attendant in Israeli custody stoked new West Bank clashes Sunday, along with Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising.
HOUSTON (AP) - Ted Cruz glanced at his black cowboy boots, beneath a silver Texas belt buckle, waiting for the admirers to stop clapping.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 26-year-old man was being sought Sunday as the prime suspect in a pre-dawn shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last week which led to a fiery crash that left three people dead and several others injured.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gilberto Valle's mind is full of sick thoughts - and he wants a jury to know it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ben Affleck's "Argo," a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have shot and killed a robbery suspect they say tried to run over two members of gang task force when they pulled the suspect over in Stockton Saturday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - With barely a week to go before $85 billion in automatic government spending cuts kick in, Wall Street is holding its nerve.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood's latest films performed tepidly at the box-office on Oscar weekend, with Melissa McCarthy's "Identity Thief" returning to the top spot in its third week of release.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's president on Sunday ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees captain Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some dressed down in jeans and hoodies. Others looked camera-ready in suits or chic dresses and spiky stilettos.
LONDON (AP) - The U.S. is frantically trying to salvage a Syrian opposition conference set for this coming week that John Kerry plans to attend during his first official overseas trip as U.S. secretary of state.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law's strictest provision.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Fans feeling unsafe after the horrific crash at Daytona International Speedway can change seats for NASCAR's biggest race.