MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS ROCK CENTRAL FLA. GAS PLANT: TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - After hearing two explosions, maintenance worker Gene Williams looked outside to see a 20-by-20 foot fireball rising above an outdoor storage area at the Blue Rhino propane plant.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Nearly four years after a daylong firefight that killed eight of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, the emotion of that day remains just below the surface for Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who will receive a Medal of Honor next month for his actions during that attack by Taliban fighters.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.
FIRE BRIGADE TO HANDCUFFS USERS: DON'T GET STUCK: LONDON (AP) - London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.
HOUSTON (AP) - A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn't throw anything away - not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring child prostitution a "persistent threat" in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner plunged to fourth place among Democrats in the first poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.
ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time, government advisers are recommending screening for lung cancer, saying certain current and former heavy smokers should get annual scans to cut their chances of dying of the disease.
CHICAGO (AP) - Many heart specialists are hardly Dr. Ruth - sex is not something they relish bringing up with patients. But new guidance says they should, early and often, to let survivors know intimacy is often possible after a heart attack.
NEW YORK (AP) - There's extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.
The girl was sent home from Camp Emerson in Hinsdale and a camp official falsely accused her and the boy of sexually provocative behavior, according to the lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court. It also says she suffers from emotional and psychological disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder.
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - A remarkably candid Pope Francis struck a conciliatory stance toward gays Monday, saying "who am I to judge" when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.
BOY, 11, SURVIVES 200-FOOT SLIDING FALL IN UTAH: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital but is expected to recover after he tumbled down a 200-foot rock slope while hiking with this family near a scenic waterfall in northern Utah, authorities said Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told a National Urban League gathering in Philadelphia on Friday to use her tragedy to stop the same thing from happening to another child and she blamed Florida's "stand your ground" law for allowing her son's killer to go free.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens' commission on Friday cited California's improving economy as it approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of summer Saturday and the Fourth of July coming up, Southern California officials are warning residents to prepare for what's expected to be one of the most dangerous fire seasons the state has seen in years.
BERKELEY (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.
SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the season finale of the ABC hit 'Modern Family,' actor Ty Burrell's character ends up officiating at the wedding of the show's comical gay couple.
PHOENIX (AP) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has confirmed he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia.
DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, according to an updated audit of 731 VA medical facilities released Thursday.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.