May 9, 2013 California transportation officials say it will take more work — and up to $10 million — to get the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day. A problem arose after 32 massive steel bolts broke when they were tightened to anchor part of the bridge's seismic safety system.
May 8, 2013 The Alabama legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had occupied a legal gray area. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as he is expected to do, homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states.
May 8, 2013 The Carnival Cruise ship Triumph is on the move, having left the terminal in Mobile, Ala., where it was forced to dock in February after severe problems with its engines led to its being towed across the Gulf of Mexico.
May 7, 2013 The United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns in the past 20 years, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a steep drop for gun violence in the 1990s, with more modest drops in the rate of crimes committed with a handgun since 2000.
May 7, 2013 A tanker truck carrying gasoline exploded on a highway near Mexico City Tuesday morning, reportedly killing at least 20 people. The explosion, which early reports indicate was an accident, occurred after 5 a.m. local time.
May 7, 2013 The four passengers who survived a fire that erupted in a moving limousine Saturday did so by squeezing through a narrow partition window between the passenger cabin and the driver's area. The car's driver, Orville Brown, says that at first, he didn't understand that there was an emergency.
May 5, 2013 The Solar Impulse, an airplane traveling across the United States using only solar power, is in Phoenix today, after reaching Arizona from California Saturday. It took the plane about 20 hours to travel from Mountain View, Calif., near San Francisco.
May 5, 2013 The National Front coalition that has governed Malaysia for 56 consecutive years won a majority of parliamentary seats in a general election Sunday, extending its streak of victories that began in 1957.
May 5, 2013 Firefighting officials in California are optimistic that they can get more of the Springs Fire under control Sunday, as for the second day cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to help their cause. The fire could be entirely contained by Monday, officials say.
May 5, 2013 One day after being arrested over allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another, a senior British legislator says the accusations are without merit. Britain's House of Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says the claims were made by people "who until yesterday I regarded as friends."
May 5, 2013 Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center near Damascus early Sunday, according to intelligence reports and Syrian state media. Israel has offered no comment on the raid, which came days after a similar strike that reportedly targeted missiles intended for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
May 5, 2013 A soccer referee who was punched by a player after calling a foul on him during a recreation soccer game in Utah died Saturday night, one week after he sustained the injury. The suspect, 17, who received a yellow card penalty from referee Ricardo Portillo, was arrested Monday.
May 4, 2013 Today is May 4, unofficially known as Star Wars Day — seemingly for the lone reason that it presents an opportunity for people to tell one another, "May the Fourth be with you." Fans of the George Lucas films are breaking out costumes and photos, and generally letting their Jedi flag fly.
May 4, 2013 It's Derby Day in Kentucky, where days and weeks of anticipation will culminate in a race that lasts just over two minutes. When the starting gates open at 6:24 p.m. EDT, 19 horses will race on a wet Kentucky Derby track.
May 4, 2013 A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed five members of the U.S. Army Saturday, according to military officials. In a separate incident, a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops, killing two Americans.