LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of "Django Unchained" action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have adjourned for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorneys for victims of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion are meeting with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to negotiate a possible global settlement to resolve the remaining civil suits filed in the wake of the blast.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Gael Garcia Bernal has journeyed north to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah to share the tragic story of another traveler.
Nine more children or teens have died of the flu, bringing the nation's total this flu season to 29, health officials reported Friday.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a Sahara natural gas plant took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge considering San Francisco's public nudity ban rejected arguments Thursday that simply disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.
CHICAGO (AP) - Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, reversing more than a decade of denial.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida, according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration appeared to be in the dark Thursday about a hostage situation at a natural gas plant in Algeria, where Algerian forces launched a military assault to free dozens of foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, held by Islamist militants.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado cinema where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage nearly six months ago reopens Thursday with a remembrance ceremony and a private screening of the fantasy film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" for survivors - but for some Aurora victims, the pain is still too much, the idea too horrific.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian helicopters and special forces stormed a gas plant in the stony plains of the Sahara on Thursday to wipe out Islamist militants and free hostages from at least 10 countries. Bloody chaos ensued, leaving the fate of the fighters and many of the captives uncertain.
HONOLULU (AP) - The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, an official said late Friday.
Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have made progress overnight against a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes east of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer has been killed in a hit-and-run crash with an SUV.
Paul and Barbara Condon tend to the succulent plants hanging in pots in a portion of their vertical garden complete with fountain and irrigation system, extending the length of 30-foot stucco wall at the back of the home in Newhall, thus making creative use of limited space for planting with difficult lighting which extends to a 10X30 foot, common area along a walkway leading to their back patio. Their garden is one of nine gardens available for viewing on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. as part of the Memorial Garden Tour to benefit the Cole William Larsen ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Jack's back.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Franchesca Moreno's work as a student teacher didn't end when the kids went home for the day.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes was only smoldering on Thursday as gusty winds eased and fire crews were able to halfway surround it, fire officials said.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia state officials were still trying Thursday to determine the environmental impact of a train derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River in downtown Lynchburg.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, injuring as many as 150 people, and creating a chaotic scene Thursday after inmates were bussed to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.
TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.