SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up and making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the Senate.
SAN ANTONIO OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE IN POLICE CAR: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio police officer is accused of handcuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman in a case decried by the police chief, who calls it "unthinkable."
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school superintendent and three others were charged Monday with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Why Adam Lanza went on his murderous shooting rampage at a Newtown elementary school is a mystery and may never be known, prosecutors said in a report Monday as they closed their yearlong investigation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Santa Claus ISN'T coming to town.
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Army base is trying to maintain decorum by monitoring what people are wearing and how they're behaving.
NEW YORK (AP) - A statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller "The Maltese Falcon" sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cut-rate building contractor will face murder charges for a botched demolition in downtown Philadelphia that killed six people inside an adjacent store, officials announced Monday.
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war.
NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.
DALLAS (AP) - A 1930s-era movie theater. A county hospital. An old brick rooming house. A bustling airport.
SAN QUENTIN (AP) - The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A shortage of forensic pathologists at the San Francisco medical examiner's office is leading to long delays in issuing death certificates that include a cause of death.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A new report says hundreds of underground leak sites will go unmonitored by the state under a policy change.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport Beach City Council will weigh whether to test natural gas-burning fire rings on certain beaches as part of a pilot project with anti-pollution regulators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Too busy to stop in for an Ash Wednesday service? Some churches are offering drive-by ashes.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple involved in online pornography was arraigned Wednesday on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.
NEW YORK (AP) - With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course.
NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices - as long as they are paying customers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Drone on, the government says.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers reviewed a bill Monday that would allow people to bring their dogs with them into taverns and saloons, but it got a less-than-cuddly response from health officials concerned about slobber and dog hair in cocktails.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last year sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court.