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Yosemite-area fire now 30 percent contained

Posted: 08/28/2013 - GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Crews building containment lines around the giant wildfire in the Sierra Nevada are making significant progress even as the blaze continues to grow.

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Carter remembers King on 50th 'Dream' anniversary

Posted: 08/28/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on this historic anniversary, even as he extols the nation to continue to work for a better America.

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Calif. launches drone to scout for spot fires

Posted: 08/28/2013 - GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - The California National Guard is flying a drone above the huge wildfire on the northern edge of Yosemite National Park in an effort to get an early bead on spot blazes.

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Fort Hood gunman won't call witnesses, testify

Posted: 08/27/2013 - The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has rested his case during his trial's penalty phase without calling any witnesses or testifying.

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US signals readiness to strike Syria

Posted: 08/27/2013 - The White House says any military action against Syria will be limited, and won't be aimed at forcing Bashar Assad from power.

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Boy with rare brain infection donates organs

Posted: 08/27/2013 - The family of a 12-year-old southwest Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba says his organs are being donated.

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US-Egypt alliance to remain, despite dim democracy

Posted: 08/26/2013 - The White House is reluctantly preparing to accept an Egyptian government that could be a democracy in name only, two years after the U.S. supported the overthrow of its dictator in the name of democracy.

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Syria agrees to UN probe of alleged chemical attack

Posted: 08/25/2013 - The United Nations confirms it's reached an agreement with Syria allowing international experts to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus last week.

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Yosemite fire: Crews bracing for strong winds

Posted: 08/25/2013 - The weather could be a negative factor today in efforts to gain ground on a Chicago-sized wildfire that's burned its way into Yosemite National park.

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US official: chemical weapons likely used in Syria

Posted: 08/25/2013 - A senior administration official says there is "very little doubt" that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in an incident that killed at least a hundred people last week.

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3 dead, 2 wounded in Fla. truck stop shooting

Posted: 08/24/2013 - A longtime employee of a Florida trucking company drove around Saturday shooting former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing two and wounding two, authorities said. The gunman then killed himself.

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US moves forces toward Syria, inquiry continues

Updated: 08/24/2013 - U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syria's government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration is preparing for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria.

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Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

Posted: 08/24/2013 - Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

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NY sues 'Trump University' and its get-rich claims

Posted: 08/24/2013 - New York's attorney general is suing Donald Trump for $40 million, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars.

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Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire

Updated: 08/24/2013 - As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.

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