A number of divers die each year in the pursuit of abalone, coveted for its shell and meat, while the California Department of Fish and Wildlife does its best to protect the species from illegal activity.
The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the conflict.
The Obama administration is considering a plan to allow young people from Honduras to apply for entry to the U.S. as refugees without making the often-dangerous trek here.
Thomas Christina, a South Carolina attorney, spotted wording in the Affordable Care Act that ultimately spurred a legal battle that resulted in two conflicting court rulings this week.
Tom Greer said he had been attacked by the woman and an accomplice before he shot her twice in the back as she ran, and the Long Beach police were deciding whether to arrest him.
Demand for new homes slowed sharply during the first half, a development that threatens to reverberate beyond the housing market and throughout the broader economy.
Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests, says a new study, clearing the way for more testing in technological formats and raising questions about an uneven playing field for students.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes consolidating up to 11 federal antipoverty programs into a single funding stream for states, along with new work requirements.
The president threw himself into the politically charged effort to block U.S. firms from reincorporating overseas for tax reasons, calling the relocations "wrong" and urging Congress to stop them through quick-fix legislation.
Ohio State fired the director of its acclaimed marching band after a two-month university investigation into potential hazing practices found the group's culture was sexualized and intimidating.
The Obama administration released draft forms for employers and individuals to use when reporting their health coverage to the IRS starting next year.
A quest by an Indiana father-and-son team to fly around the world in a single-engine plane ended in a fatal crash off the coast of American Samoa.
Congressional negotiations to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs devolved into a public feud, amplifying concerns that lawmakers won't be able to complete legislation before their August break.
The prolonged execution of a condemned Arizona man is almost certain to heighten the debate over whether lethal injections can be relied upon to fulfill their intended purpose: to kill without cruelty.