Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. "Move and I will kill you!" her captor hissed.
Firefighters gained ground on a wildfire that burned nearly 4 square miles of dry brush and forced people to evacuate part of Camp Pendleton, while a blaze generating heavy smoke drove some residents from homes in an Orange County canyon community.
The Masik Pass ski resort, North Korea's latest megaproject, is the product of 10 months of furious labor intended to show that this country, so often derided for its poverty and isolation, is as civilized and culturally advanced as any other.
A "running gun battle" at a Central California motorcycle club's annual dance that left one man dead, a dozen others wounded, hundreds of partygoers scrambling for cover, and now investigators trying to determine what triggered it.