SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A whistleblower claims that officials at Utah's Hill Air Force Base failed to report a massive mercury spill in 2007 and instead ordered untrained workers to remove the hazardous material with vacuum cleaners. The base could now face millions of dollars in fines.
SEATTLE (AP) - A 3-year-old scrambled out of his child seat after his parents stopped for gas early Wednesday, found a gun police say was left in the car by his father and fatally shot himself in the head.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't - or won't - pass a budget blueprint admits many of his colleagues think it's just a political talking point instead of a serious idea.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.
WILD BLACK-FOOTED CAT: TEST-TUBE KITTEN BORN IN US: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Several endangered black-footed cats have been born recently in the U.S. and researchers say Crystal's birth is the rarest - the first ever born from an embryo fertilized in a lab dish, frozen, and later implanted in a housecat's womb.
ROMNEY'S "SOUTHERN" ACCENTS ARE A HIT-AND-MISS TRY: MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Wealthy New Englander Mitt Romney is trying to woo Southern voters with a mix of regional references that sometimes show self-deprecating humor, and sometimes are just plain awkward.
MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) - For many long-time residents of this rural town, the quest to change the name of Jew Pond is much ado over a muddy, manmade body of water not used for much of anything besides ice skating and fishing. For more recent transplants and the town's health officer, though, it's a way to banish an offensive title that's recorded on at least one official map.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The weekend massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, newly undermines the rationale for a war that a majority of Americans already thought wasn't worth fighting. But the Obama administration and its allies insisted Monday the horrific episode would not speed up plans to pull out foreign forces.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Rick Santorum said Monday his path to the Republican Party's presidential nomination counts on continued chaos in the field and a fractured GOP arriving at its nominating convention in late summer.
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Two officials of a New Mexico border town wracked by allegations of extortion and voting fraud were arrested Monday.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials were scrambling Sunday to contain the damage caused when an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down more than a dozen villagers.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Sunday nudged rival Newt Gingrich to step aside, arguing a head-to-head contest between himself and Mitt Romney should "occur sooner rather than later." A defiant Gingrich predicted victories in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and called Romney the weakest Republican front-runner in nearly a century.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has landed robotic explorers on the surface of Mars, sent probes to outer planets and operates a worldwide network of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota newspaper columnist sat down to review her town's hot new Italian restaurant, rhapsodizing about the chicken Alfredo, crisp greens and "two long, warm breadsticks."
GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A man died over the weekend after jumping into a huge ceremonial bonfire at a Utah event similar to the Nevada countercultural festival Burning Man, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA BIG-CAT PARK APPEALS SAFETY ORDERS: FRESNO . (AP) - The operator of an animal park in Central California said Monday he's appealing orders to increase security more than a year after a volunteer was killed there by a lion.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.
LATTA, S.C. (AP) - When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.
CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
CHICAGO (AP) - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledges he broke a drug-free workplace rule when he brought marijuana back to his office after buying on the first day of legal sales in Washington state.
FEDS: WOMAN SENT NUDE PHOTOS OF SON, 4, TO BOYFRIEND: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.