SAN DIEGO -- Kenneth Bettencourt used to search for missing people and investigate homicides.
These days, he's the guy you may call if your dog runs away.
"I've always loved animals, and when I retired in '95, my wife ...Read more
Engineers working for Florida International University saw gaping cracks open in their brand-new bridge.
Someone thought the damage was sufficiently ominous to take a series of pictures. But no one thought to share the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- A video of a man climbing a barrier at the Los Angeles Zoo and then slapping a hippopotamus on its rear end has sparked a criminal investigation by the LAPD, officials said Monday.
Zoo officials learned ...Read more
ROME -- At least 22 people were killed and five critically injured in Tuesday's collapse of a motorway bridge running over the northwestern Italian port city of Genoa.
Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transport ...Read more
Despite delays that have pushed initial test flights months behind schedule, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told reporters Monday that a NASA contract to build an astronaut transport capsule "will not be a losing ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continued his attacks on his former ally and employee Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter on Tuesday, calling his former aide a "dog."
Trump praised White House Chief of Staff John ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic "wave" this November, should one materialize, could result in the departure of as many as five senior House Republican appropriators, which would mark the biggest wipeout of major players from ...Read more
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. -- Clarence Sibsey sat alone at a table in the Twin Pine Casino evacuation center, tired and dejected.
Once again, a fire was threatening his community and he had to leave home. Two years ago, he fled ...Read more
In a well-lit room in a nondescript building in Joliet, Ill., racks of marijuana plants are stacked, row after row.
The plants are young but pungent, and sway to the breeze of fans and the overhead humidifiers that ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Nora Flanagan's first tattoos hid strategically under her clothing. An aspiring teacher, Flanagan worried the ink could cost her a job.
"There was definitely an idea of what a teacher should look like," ...Read more
Amid ongoing upheaval in the media business, a group of local and regional news organizations including the Star Tribune are seeking pension fund relief from Congress.
A bill known as the Save Community Newspaper Act of ...Read more
MUMBAI, India -- India's Supreme Court is due to rule soon in a case challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex intercourse. Based on the justices' comments in hearings last month, the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Six years after journalist Austin Tice disappeared in war-torn Syria, the State Department says it believes he is alive and that his case has "attention at the highest level" of the Trump administration, ...Read more
SEATTLE -- In an unprecedented intervention with a wild, free-swimming whale, federal scientists this week attempted to feed live hatchery chinook salmon to a starving orca.
The result of the effort Sunday afternoon was ...Read more
Two women face off Tuesday in a competitive Democratic primary to fill Rep. Elizabeth Esty's seat in Connecticut's 5th District.
Mary Glassman, a former local elected official in suburban Hartford, has the state party's ...Read more
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico -- Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria ripped through this valley town in the southeastern corner of the island, obliterating homes and bringing months of darkness and misery, families marked a new ...Read more
McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees plan to spend $390 million to update 550 McDonald's restaurants in California through 2019.
McDonald's is modernizing its dining rooms, installing new digital menu boards and providing...Read more
CHICAGO -- Willow Creek Community Church agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle lawsuits over the sexual abuse of two developmentally disabled boys by a church volunteer, court records show.
The second and largest ...Read more
California's high court has ruled that interest rates on consumer loans can be so high that they become "unconscionable" and, therefore, illegal -- a decision that could upend the state's subprime loan market.
In a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed defense legislation named for Sen. John McCain in a splashy ceremony at a New York Army base on Monday without once mentioning the ailing Arizona Republican's name.
Trump ...Read more
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