CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A man who was jailed for 2½ years so he couldn't avoid taking the witness stand in his son's murder trial was freed Thursday after providing two hours of often-combative testimony.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - For an 11-year-old boy, it was a house of horrors.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Army began destroying the nation's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons Wednesday, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralize it.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas would allow people to carry concealed handguns on college campuses under a measure given preliminary approval by the state Senate, just a day after it passed a proposal allowing open carry of guns almost anywhere in the state.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.
BURLINGAME (AP) - A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of "fanning the flames of racial division," as the federal agency is criticizing Ferguson police for alleged racial biases following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
• Wife guilty of dismembering husband, storing parts in closet: MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her husband, hiding his dismembered remains in plastic storage containers and taking them with her when she moved.
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Metro Atlanta school officials have voted to fire a teacher accused of letting students have sex in a storage closet in his classroom.
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii man was killed Friday after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish, officials said.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.
CHICAGO (AP) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada man who confronted two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of murder in the latest case to test the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
NEW YORK (AP) - A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths from drugs bought on his site and five people he tried to have killed.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, LLC faces a fine of more than $260,000 for an alleged offense related to drug and alcohol testing.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Those flashy, blinky, button-filled boxes that fill casino floors are largely why Nevada can happily count its winnings from April.
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors and Subaru are adding vehicles to the growing list of models being recalled by 11 automakers due to potentially exploding air bags.
CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time, a major study shows that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.
NEW YORK (AP) - Representatives of Uber and Lyft warned Thursday that a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services will stall innovation and threaten competition.
NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion, vastly expanding its lineup of products for the rapidly growing wireless device market at a time when sales growth has otherwise been tough to come by for smaller chipmakers.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California homeowner associations couldn't stop members from installing fake grass on lawns under a bill moving through the Legislature.