MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of "The Biggest Loser," after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn't focused on her $250,000 win - but rather the criticism surrounding her loss.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man intended to kill a teen outside a convenience store after an argument over loud music, even though the 17-year-old posed no threat, prosecutors said Thursday during opening statements of the man's murder trial.
SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee couple faces a murder charge, accused of forcing the man's 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture, authorities said.
HOUSTON (AP) - A volunteer at a Houston-area elementary school who noticed some students were getting a smaller lunch of cold cheese sandwiches is digging into his own pocket to cover $465 in delinquent meal accounts so all the kids can get the same full lunch tray.
• PETA MEMBER WANTS ROADSIDE MEMORIAL FOR CHICKENS: GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.
NEW YORK (AP) - The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War - a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's stock is sinking on worries that the short online messaging service is not popular enough.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul, industry and government officials said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled, thanks in part to a $6.9 billion acquisition, but the nation's third largest health insurer missed Wall Street's earnings expectations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some flood insurance premiums required under a 2012 law now won't be raised until the fall of 2015 at the earliest.
NEW YORK (AP) - CVS Caremark's decision to pull cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores could ripple beyond the nation's second-largest drugstore chain.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Seattle company is being given the green light to develop plans to build the West Coast's first offshore wind energy farm - five floating turbines off Oregon's Coos Bay, federal and state officials said Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The IRS says a $600 slot machine or bingo jackpot might get its attention in the future, and the prospect has riled gamblers and the casino industry.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they will use satellite surveillance from high above farms in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as one way of confirming that fields have been left fallow under voluntary conservation agreements with farmers.
SANTA CATALINA. (AP) - Santa Catalina Island harbor patrol has found the carcass of a 17-foot-long sea serpent - a rarely-seen oarfish.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but they weren't strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man who is protesting his dismissal from North Dakota curling club has won the right to take his case into overtime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.
• Boy, 17, impersonates FBI agent, test drives car, crashes it: YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old southeastern Michigan boy pretended to be an FBI agent and got a car dealer to let him test drive a Dodge Charger, then crashed the muscle car in northwestern Ohio, authorities say.
ORANGE . (AP) - The California swimming pool and spa industry has launched a campaign to market itself as a drought-friendly landscaping option as the state enters a fourth summer of drought that has residential pools and other conspicuous water users in the crosshairs.
GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday after striking a curb and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group. He planned to return to the United States on Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.