BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.
SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.
ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.
NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.
MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.
DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.
• THIEF CARRIES 250-POUND SAFE OUT OF MASS. EATERY: WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.
DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.
HONOLULU (AP) - The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who apparently mistook his stepdaughter for a burglar when he shot and killed her at their Colorado Springs home was identified Monday as a decorated Fort Carson soldier who served in Iraq.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday - even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone.
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten the whole thing to fit on her driver's license and state identification card.
SEATTLE (AP) - Police have found a car believed stolen by a man charged with killing his girlfriend, posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to find and kill him.
MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Investigators have interviewed more than 100 witnesses about a Michigan woman's disappearance from an outdoor Halloween party, but many were too high or drunk to offer much help, a sheriff said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman seen on surveillance video putting up a fight while being abducted off a Philadelphia street was found safe outside Baltimore on Wednesday, and the man who snatched her was arrested, police said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom agreed Wednesday to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Steamboat Springs woman pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse Wednesday after prosecutors said she left her 3-year-old son alone for three days in a cabin without running water.
EX-RAVENS CHEERLEADER CHARGED WITH SEX WITH TEEN: GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the estranged wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive was arraigned Wednesday in Delaware on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old boy who attends school with at least one of her children.
NEW YORK (AP) - A snaggletooth eight-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.
SEATTLE (AP) - A short-term college certificate, for a very specific job-training program like how to use computers for office work, probably won't help students earn more money in the long run, a new study has found.
VIENNA (AP) - Saudi Arabia showed little concern for fellow OPEC members by unilaterally cutting its oil prices to the U.S. this week, a move that casts doubts on the cartel's credibility and its ability to find a common plan to stabilize the slumping energy market.
CHICAGO (AP) - The sketches of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Chicago museum show a flowing white building topped with a hovering ring. The newly unveiled architectural designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were drawing a range of reaction on Wednesday, from snide comments to forthright admiration.
SEATTLE (AP) - Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it's a big one: California.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Five things to look for the morning after Election Day: