LAS VEGAS (AP) - News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities walked off the job Thursday in their largest round of protests yet, saying they cannot get by on what they earn and must have higher wages.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics.
VIENNA (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people will report to him as soon as they leave the country Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of neighborhood groups has filed a lawsuit to stop a $654 million skyscraper project from rising in the midst of Hollywood because of earthquake concerns.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge is standing by his decision to sentence a former teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl to 30 days in prison.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the abandoned former Six Flags amusement park sits idle. The roller-coaster humps are familiar sights to passing motorists, and the weed-choked lot is a thorn in the side of officials who have overseen one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As firefighters make progress containing a raging wildfire in and near Yosemite National Park, officials have turned to unmanned aircraft to monitor for unexpected developments.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beating the late-summer heat isn't as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink tap water after red worms were found in the filtering system.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Fire crews are responding to a report of smoke near Southern California's Bear Mountain ski resort.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman is getting her first taste of freedom in more than two decades after an appeals court overturned her murder conviction, setting the stage for a retrial as prosecutors seek to put her back on death row.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria.
NASA's newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast.