LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator - similar to a snow leopard - evolved in Asia and spread out.
SEATTLE (AP) - Voters in left-leaning Seattle, where police recently handed out snacks at a large marijuana festival and politicians often try to out-liberal each other, are close to electing a Socialist candidate to the City Council.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the unusual request by a state death row inmate to donate his organs.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is in the midst of what seems like an intense election-year campaign: millions of dollars in spending, a barrage of negative TV ads and large amounts of outside money. The issue, however, has nothing to do with taxes, a hot-button policy or anything on the ballot.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a drunken driver on a California highway back in 1968 slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Some South Dakota farmers and ranchers are upset by the selection of singer-guitarist Joan Jett, a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, to perform on the state's float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
ATLANTA (AP) - Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - An Air Force officer who once led the branch's sexual assault response team was acquitted Wednesday of allegations that he groped a woman outside a Virginia bar.
NEW YORK (AP) - They set out to build the tallest skyscraper in the world - a giant that would rise a symbolic 1,776 feet from the ashes of ground zero.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991 was put to death Tuesday evening.
TEEN NABBED FOR POSTS ABOUT SHOOTING: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A teenager posted nonpublic information about a 2012 shooting on his Twitter feed, police said, and that material was later posted to an Instagram account being scrutinized for divulging information about witnesses to crimes in the city.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A southern Michigan school district has reversed its decision to bar students from wearing T-shirts honoring a 12-year-old classmate who died over the weekend following a long battle with cancer.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A boy whose last wish was to be home for his favorite holiday has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a Christmas tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.
REPORT: BIEBER HAD POT, XANAX IN SYSTEM AT ARREST: MIAMI (AP) - A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) - Call it Cute Bowl.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Erica Lukes and other Utah parents were outraged when their children had their deep dish pizzas and other food taken and thrown away at their elementary school after a cashier said they owed money on their lunch accounts.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The bodies of eight children and their mother were found huddled together in or near a master bedroom, victims of an early-morning fire Thursday from which only the father and an 11-year-old daughter escaped after it ripped through a modest home in western Kentucky.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli - because there just aren't very many of them.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.
CHICAGO (AP) - The government can't keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday in a potentially far-reaching decision that gives defense attorneys unprecedented access to records filed with a secret intelligence court.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An employee of a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh was charged Wednesday with selling heroin in Happy Meals to customers using the coded request "I'd like to order a toy."
ATLANTA (AP) - Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.
FARM BILL PASSES HOUSE AFTER YEARS OF DISAGREEMENT: WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.
TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who sexually abused a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal contract workers and making it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday.
DENVER (AP) - The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis - at least the kind that can't get people high.