WITH BIG WAVES COMING, MAVERICKS CONTEST IS ON: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - With a Pacific storm pushing big waves toward California, organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed more than 30 times at the suburban Chicago home where they both lived.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts classroom aide who posed for racy modeling photos has been suspended with pay.
PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said.
DALLAS (AP) - The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family's protests is carrying a fetus that is "distinctly abnormal," attorneys for the woman's husband said Wednesday.
POLICE 'LIKE' WANTED PA. SUSPECT'S FACEBOOK POST : FREELAND, Pa. (AP) - Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle."
WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities.
TORONTO (AP) - A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended following accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate was changed at 6.7 percent in March. But the jobs picture has brightened for workers in their prime earning years, according to the Labor Department report issued Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two top executives at Edison International sold $17.7 million of their company's stock when it climbed to its highest price since 2007, after Edison reached a major settlement involving the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, regulatory filings show.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman's departure from the late-night realm won't just end an unmatched run on television. It also will close the book on an era reaching almost to the birth of TV.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member prior to the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) - A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Good news for people who are sticklers for punctuality: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that isn't supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.