July 12, 2013 It remains uncertain how Ye Meng Yuan, 16, died. San Francisco police officials who spoke about the incident today said that she was found on the ground at the runway, covered by foam the fire crews were spraying on the smoldering jet.
July 12, 2013 The Canadian train tragedy is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines, such as the proposed Keystone XL, as well as for opposing them. Meanwhile, energy companies have boosted rail shipments of oil in response to a surge in production.
July 12, 2013 The biggest loser from this year's heavy rains in the Midwest is the land itself. An environmental group says 50 townships in Iowa have lost more than 5 tons of topsoil per acre, "more than what is tolerable over an entire year."
July 12, 2013 Alan Rosenthal, a giant in the study of state legislatures, was also a leading figure in changing the way they operated. He died this month, at 81.
July 12, 2013 Paul Stoute says his 14-month-old daughter recently used his smartphone to tap her way through the app's purchasing prompts and bought herself an early Sweet 16 present — a vintage car. The Internet is full of stories of technology getting the better of both buyers and sellers.
July 12, 2013 In closing, lawyers for the self-styled neighborhood watch volunteer accused in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin say it's clear their client acted in self-defense during the 2012 confrontation.
July 12, 2013 She is to become the University of California's next president. Confirmation of a successor could take time. Speculation on a successor has already begun. Perhaps former Sen. Joe Lieberman?
July 12, 2013 Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, says materials from an IRS workshop in 2010 instructed agents to flag applications from "progressive" groups as well as those with "Tea Party," "patriot" or "9/12" in their names.
July 12, 2013 After reports that he has sexually harassed numerous women, Mayor Bob Filner released a video statement in which he apologizes but does not talk about stepping down. The 70-year-old Democrat has only been in office about 6 months.
July 12, 2013 "I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said," Justin Carter told CNN's New Day on Friday. He'd been held since February, with bail set at $500,000, because of a posting that referred to a school shooting. An anonymous donor came forward to bail him out.
July 12, 2013 The defense is expected to finish its closing argument on Friday. Then, Judge Debra Nelson will instruct the jurors on what they are to consider as they weigh whether George Zimmerman acted in self defense or should be sent to prison for the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
July 12, 2013 The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 22 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.