McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has received a nearly $16 million settlement from a number of animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year legal battle initiated over unproven allegations of mistreated elephants.
PHOENIX (AP) - Water conservationists are celebrating a flood experiment that is on the verge of sending water from the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez for the first time in more than 20 years.
NEW YORK (AP) - Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - A 34-year-old woman posed as a teenager to enroll as a sophomore at a small private high school in East Texas, officials said Wednesday.
HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man was indicted Thursday for capital murder in a childhood attack on a boy who died nearly 13 years later from skin cancer blamed on the horrific burns he suffered in the assault.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A week before her high school graduation, Saira Blair was barely old enough to vote when she unseated a West Virginia lawmaker almost four times her age.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A young boy who survived an 11-story fall from a Minneapolis high-rise has been dubbed "the miracle baby" and was recovering in a hospital Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Agriculture Department sued the federal government Wednesday, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds that have been held up by customs officials.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A 102-year-old woman says she's disappointed racing great Mario Andretti couldn't go faster than 180 mph during their laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Kyle Laderoot was walking into his high school prom in a designer tuxedo when police officers pulled him aside and began interrogating him about his attire. They had reason to believe the tuxedo was stolen.
BOSTON (AP) - Jacqueline Kennedy's letters to an Irish priest written over a 14-year correspondence have revealed new details about the closely guarded thoughts of the fiercely private former first lady, including her questions of faith following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tea Leoni will portray the U.S. secretary of state in a new CBS drama this fall, the long-running comedy "Two and Half Men" will enter its final season and television's top-rated network will introduce a new generation of crime procedurals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A recent fad in which people challenge their friends to jump into freezing water to raise money for charity has prompted warnings across the nation, as an increasing number of divers are reporting broken bones, blown-out knees or worse.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.
SPRING, Texas (AP) - Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A casket carrying the body of Richard Clement was slowly lowered into its final resting place on Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - The father of a 15-month-old Connecticut boy who died after being left in a car on a hot day was supposed to drop him off at day care but went to work and left his son inside the parked vehicle, police said Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.
CHICAGO (AP) - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.
CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.
CUPERTINO (AP) - A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of the victims who gazed out over the east rim of the canyon Tuesday tried to imagine their loved ones' final moments in a disaster that helped overhaul U.S. aviation safety.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.