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."
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.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - As Detroit struggles to climb out of bankruptcy, another Michigan city with strong ties to the auto industry may be about to fall into the same hole.
ATLANTA (AP) - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.
SEATTLE (AP) - Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?
• FEDERAL JUDGE STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH BLOG POST: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.