A hungry sea lion pup wandered off the beach and into a fancy seaside San Diego restaurant Thursday morning, took one of the best seats in the house and peered out the window at the waves as if preparing to order a big plate of sardines.Christine Hauser | The New York Times
The crane came down shortly before 8:30 a.m., toppling onto the street and spanning more than the entire length of a city block, officials and witnesses said.
Syrian government and allied forces pressed their most dramatic advance in months Friday, sending insurgents scrambling and tens of thousands of civilians fleeing toward the border with Turkey.Anne Barnard
Pope Francis will make a surprise trip to Cuba on Feb. 12 for a historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, marking the first meeting between a pope and the Russian patriarch since the eastern and western branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago.Elisabetta Povoledo
REI's business acumen has taken it to heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI's original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Ángel González | The Seattle Times
 President Obama’s budget request to Congress will include a new fee on oil companies, requiring them to pay $10 to the federal government for every barrel of oil they produce, the White House said.Coral Davenport
Advertisers who are paying close to $5 million per 30-second spot to be part of Super Bowl 50 on CBS this Sunday know that their high-profile role in the event means they are going to be judged as much as the players and coaches on the field.Stephen Battaglio
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked action on a comprehensive energy bill that had drawn broad bipartisan support after lawmakers failed to agree on including a $600 million amendment to address the crisis over lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan.Coral Davenport
Paid $1,500 to $10,000 depending on the gig, life is good for professional Donald Trump impersonators. But if his campaign flames out, who will want to hire a fake Trump?Jessica Contrera
In a brutally caustic debate Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accused Sen. Bernie Sanders of conducting “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity and her credentials as a progressive by portraying her as beholden to wealthy interests and corporations.Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy
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