LONDON (AP) - One very smelly sperm whale secretion may soon make one lucky British beachcomber a very happy man.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day.
POLICE: FLA. MAN ARRESTED AFTER POCKET-DIALING 911: ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) - A conversation with two passengers landed a Florida tow truck driver in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America faces intensifying criticism from the left and right over a proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - For years, Russ Wasendorf Sr. enjoyed the perks of being a successful businessman: a corporate jet, a fancy swimming pool at his mansion, an extensive wine collection and top chefs who made him meals at the restaurant and office buildings he owned.
ATLANTA (AP) - A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage kept law officers at bay Wednesday in an all-night, all-day standoff that began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said.
ASPEN REVIEWS 14 MPH SPEED LIMIT TO ALERT DRIVERS: ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Aspen city council members are considering a 14 mph speed limit in a residential area of the Colorado mountain town in attempt to get the attention of drivers and have them slow down.
PHOENIX (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday, killing one person, wounding two others and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that he was "armed and dangerous."
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom.
NEW YORK (AP) - MSNBC invited viewers Wednesday to draw their own conclusions about whether the parent of a Connecticut school shooting victim was heckled at a legislative hearing, but did not address criticism that it aired a deceptively-edited video of the event.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.
HONOLULU (AP) - Actor Jim Nabors says marrying his longtime male partner doesn't change anything about their relationship - he just wanted it to be formally acknowledged.
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a growing sense of resignation that the country's political leaders will be unable or unwilling to find a way around looming automatic spending cuts despite fresh signs the cuts would threaten the recovering economy.
DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.
DENVER (AP) - A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.
• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.
NEW YORK (AP) - The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers' homes.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.
NEW YORK (AP) - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.