NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose's Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.
DECLO, Idaho (AP) - A southern Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school for the 2013-14 school year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The sudden delay of a major part of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul is raising questions about other potential problems lurking in the homestretch.
NEW YORK (AP) - An environmental group said Wednesday that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after the drink maker said it would change its formula.
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - There are brothers in arms and bands of brothers, and now there are Noah, Sumner and Cole Ogrydziak, three Texas brothers who began their cadet training together at West Point this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama urged Egypt's military Wednesday to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government without delay, but stopped short of calling the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi a coup.
OHIO SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CAR; DRIVER CLIMBS LADDER: TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A northwest Ohio sinkhole has swallowed a car traveling down a street and briefly trapped the driver, who climbed out after authorities gave her a ladder.
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Aaron Hernandez's home address was no secret after the media camped outside the massive house for days, and cameras caught him leaving, hands cuffed behind his back, when he was arrested for murder.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - On college campuses across the United States, the eternal optimism of youth has been throttled out by a fear of crushing student debt. That's certainly the case in Oregon, where the cost of tuition has soared as public funding for higher education has declined.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former jail guard pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she had sex behind bars with an inmate convicted of gunning down two police officers in cold blood - a man her lawyer says she still cares about and who fathered her baby boy, named Justus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tea party activists in Ohio want to turn an enemy - the Internal Revenue Service - into an ally as they fight continued efforts to expand Medicaid.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A second health insurer notified state regulators Tuesday that it will stop selling individual policies in California.
PROSECUTORS ATTACK ZIMMERMAN STORY SEVERAL WAYS: SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A judge tossed out a detective's statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant's self-defense claims.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.
BURLINGAME (AP) - A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of "fanning the flames of racial division," as the federal agency is criticizing Ferguson police for alleged racial biases following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
• Wife guilty of dismembering husband, storing parts in closet: MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her husband, hiding his dismembered remains in plastic storage containers and taking them with her when she moved.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she beat a hunter's falcon to death with a beaded scarf after seeing the bird of prey take down a duck.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by boycotting games because of it.
BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender inmate convicted of murder asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex-reassignment surgery.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina man accused of handcuffing and chaining an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment has rejected a plea deal.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn.