MEXICO CITY (AP) - The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day.
SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington's libraries are checking for bedbugs after some of the little blood-suckers were found making a home in architecture books.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - It'll be 100 years before another 12-12-12 date rolls around, so a soon-to-be-wed federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh is making the most of it.
Randy Newman's glad he didn't have to do anything drastic to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of Rush are choosing to let bygones be bygones. And Quincy Jones, well, he's still mad.
INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a newborn baby girl found in a waste collection firm's Southern California recycling yard.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Almost 300 dancers who strutted, shimmied and shook their way down a Soul Train line set a world record earlier this year in Philadelphia.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A top-secret mini-space shuttle has blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican National Committee on Monday announced an inquiry to look at what went wrong in 2012's presidential election and how the GOP can respond to the nation's shifting demographics and adopt smarter political strategies.
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Hector Celaya had the name of his 8-year-old daughter, Alyssa, tattooed on his right leg. She and her younger sister were found shot and wounded in a car that their father attempted to flee as officers surrounded them, authorities said.
DENVER (AP) - Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.
NEW YORK (AP) - The crowning spire of the World Trade Center's tallest building arrived in New York on Tuesday - in giant steel pieces on a barge that floated in past the Statue of Liberty.
WASHINGTON (AP) - HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided no conclusive evidence that the policy by itself has drawn new businesses to the state next door.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's cancer relapse and his sudden announcement that he will undergo a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba have thrown the country's future into question, and his designated political heir has begun trying to fill the void.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oxnard wants to buy a federal Superfund site that has become a magnet for crime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An accident has stopped Angels Flight, the tiny funicular railway that goes up and down a hill in downtown Los Angeles.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is headed back to the moon, this time to explore its thin atmosphere and rough dust.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday - a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a girl!
NEW YORK (AP) - Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events, including the Style Awards at the Lincoln Center tents that serve as a hub for the next eight days.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.