SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A wildfire destroyed 10 to 15 houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of exclusive Utah homes Tuesday as lightning-sparked blazes devoured dry grass and brush across the West and burned to the edges of small communities in several states.
5 MEMBERS OF 'TEXAS' MUSICAL KILLED IN AUTO WRECK: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Five members of a popular summer musical production, including three West Texas A&M University theater students, have been killed in a car accident in the Texas Panhandle, officials said Tuesday.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A 7-year-old border collie who was missing from his Iowa home for a few days didn't get very far - he only went up.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama businessman convicted on a child sex charge died after he apparently swallowed poison following the reading of the verdict, a medical official said Tuesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event in which a rodeo clown riled up the crowd as a bull chased a masked man imitating President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military's most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh 15-year-old choked his physically disabled best friend over a girl and beat him until he was unconscious, then pushed his body over a wooded hillside from which the victim emerged a day later, police said.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday upheld a $338,000 verdict against the website thedirty.com, saying the operator of the site "played a significant role" in developing the content that libeled a former Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A 17-year legal fight between two law professors over their divorce and continuing disputes has drawn criticism from judges who say the pair set a bad example.
GA. MAN ACCUSED OF BEHEADING PUPPIES ARRESTED: MABLETON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say an Atlanta area man has been arrested after he was accused of beheading two puppies.
SEATTLE (AP) - A gunman barged onto a bus and shot the driver during rush hour in busy downtown Seattle on Monday, sparking a foot chase that ended when he ran onto another bus carrying about 15 people and was cut down when officers fired through the windows, authorities said.
BOSTON (AP) - James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.
WOMAN POSES AS NURSE AT SAN JOSE HOSPITAL: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities are telling San Francisco Bay Area hospitals to be on alert after a woman was arrested for pretending to be a nurse at a San Jose medical center.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N' Roses execute a grand romantic gesture.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down a Los Angeles Police Department policy Monday that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after the drivers are stopped by police.
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.