Wildfire Burns Homes Near L.A., Thousands Flee

Wildfires chewed through tinder-dry brush and homes in California on Friday, forcing thousands to flee ritzy seaside neighborhoods, comfortable foothill suburbs and tiny farming communities.

Evidence Piling Up Against Jackson's Dermatologist

The heat is on for Michael Jackson's longtime friend and dermatologist Arnold Klein who investigators believe facilitated the years-long drug abuse that could have caused the death of the King of Pop.

First week of school a success

Friday marks the end of the first week of school for UL lfayette students. Officials at the university say the first week of the fall semester has run smoothly. No official enrollment count for the year has been released, but officials say the

Cops: Kidnapped Calif. Girl Kept 18 Years as Sex Slave

Jaycee Lee Dugard, an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped while waiting for the school bus in 1991, has been found alive after allegedly being held captive in the backyard of a convicted sex offender for 18 years.

France: U.N. Official Took Illegal Welfare Payments

A U.N. official in a department that promotes "ethics, transparency and accountability" falsified his permanent address to illegally obtain housing funds that normally go to poor citizens in his native France, according to investigators there.

Everything You Need to Know About the H1N1 Vaccine

Should you get the H1N1 vaccine? Is it safe? How's it being made? Find out here

Dems Invoke 'Do It For Ted'

Key Democrats slip a dose of health care reform into Kennedy condolences

Students Sent Home Over 'Islam Is of the Devil' Shirts

A handful of students were sent home from Florida schools this week after showing up in shirts proclaiming that "Islam is of the Devil," part of a fiery church campaign to "expose" Islam as a religion of violence.

Microsoft Edits Black Man Out of Photo, Apologizes

Software giant Microsoft Corp. is apologizing for altering a photo on its Web site to change the race of one of the people shown in the picture.

$50G-a-Year Workaholic's Job Title: Homeless Beggar

For one homeless Australian man who considers begging for money a full-time job, the long hours on the street have landed him a middle-class salary, The Daily Telegraph reported.