EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.
NEW YORK (AP) - A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City.
NEW YORK (AP) - Increasing numbers of prison inmates nationwide are serving their full sentences and then going free without any supervision by parole or probation officers, according to a new report which says the trend is worrisome.
CINCINNATI (AP) - One man hit another while newly graduated kindergarten students were celebrating with punch and cookies, triggering a melee that involved up to 20 people and resulted in the lockdown of an elementary school near Cincinnati, authorities said Tuesday.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.
NEW YORK (AP) - In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.
DETROIT (AP) - Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.
NEW YORK (AP) - The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.
MONROE, Mich. (AP) - A southeast Michigan public school teacher who was removed from the classroom while district officials looked into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate has been reinstated, his lawyer said.
• POLICE CONFISCATE $3M WORTH OF SHOES FROM KY. HOME: RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - Police are investigating after finding $3 million worth of missing shoes at a central Kentucky home.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The number of whooping cough cases is up in California again and state health officials say they expect them to keep rising.
DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida's Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace.
SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Several fish stocks from Maine to Florida are rebounding and are no longer subject to overfishing, federal regulators said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demonstrators filled a major street outside a Los Angeles McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday to protest low wages for fast-food workers.
Man kills armadillo, but ricochet gunshot hits mother-in-law
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - The publisher of "Guitar Hero" is readying a comeback tour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way."
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more, with one-third of them coming from neighboring California.