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Southern California basking in record high temperatures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the East Coast shivers, Southern California is basking in unseasonably warm weather and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue through Friday. Downtown Los...

February 13, 2014 | | State

Woman arrested after suspicious salon death

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police say a woman who advertised "vampire face-lifts" and other cosmetic procedures she wasn't licensed to perform has been arrested after a suspicious death at a Southern Califo...

February 13, 2014 | | State

More talking, longer sentences help babies’ brains

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better.That doesn't mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: "Here's an orange. That's a bowl."New re...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uMAN IS ACCUSED OF CUTTING OFF DOG'S HEAD: PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a machete to decapitate his mother's Chihuahua.Authorities sai...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Transgender widow’s legal fight revived

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.The 13th Texas Court...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Northeast is hit by another storm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Yet another storm paralyzed the Northeast with heavy snow and sleet Thursday, giving the winter-weary that oh-no-not-again feeling, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-en...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Feds appeal tax sentence of Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Thursday that it's appealing a sentence that included no prison time for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies for hiding at least $25 m...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.Janu...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.Waite, who lived i...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they conside...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for...

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

From Hudson to Panda, health a concern

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Here are five things to know about the San Francisco Giants, who report to spring training today and hold the first workout for pitchers and catchers a day later:Hudson's healt...

February 13, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now. With the current full moon and warming temperatures, the bass are sure to be making their wa...

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

Crosby, Canada feeling confident

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Sidney Crosby is pretty sure Canada shook off all of its jet lag in its Olympic hockey opener.The captain thinks the star-studded tournament favorites can really get to work wh...

February 13, 2014 | | Olympics

U.S. sweeps in ‘style’

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - A newly minted American medalist was sharing his thoughts - something about making history - when a certain song ringing out from fans in the stands stopped him mids...

February 13, 2014 | | Olympics

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