CHICAGO (AP) - Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ed Koch is being remembered as the quintessential New Yorker - an admired but tough, colorful former mayor who will be honored at his funeral by former President Bill Clinton.
• WASH. STATE CONSIDERS GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE BILL: OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Schoolchildren joined NASA managers and relatives of the lost crew of space shuttle Columbia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and remember the seven astronauts who died.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Sylvester Stallone says that despite his "Rambo" image and new shoot-em-up film "Bullet to the Head," he's in favor of new national gun control legislation.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Ed Koch was mayor, it seemed as if all of New York was being run by a deli counterman. Koch was funny, irritable, opinionated, often rude and prone to yelling.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit will close nearly half of its parks and reduce maintenance and other services at dozens of others after the City Council passed on a deal with the state to operate the city's massive Belle Isle park, Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday.
SHERIFF: SC TEEN OFFERED $5,000 TO KILL GRANDMA: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Investigators say a South Carolina teen offered to pay his friends $5,000 to kill the grandparents who raised him because they were too strict.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities searched Friday for a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released after a Chicago court appearance, as officials in Illinois admitted they lost paperwork directing them to return him to Indiana.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday he's seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House and Republicans until later in the year.
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked, and authorities said they were searching through his cases to try to find clues about why he may have been targeted.
NEV. CARJACKER HAD $495K WORTH OF POT IN SUV: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Authorities recovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly $500,000 from the SUV that was carrying four suspected drug traffickers from Florida before one fled a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Nevada, stole a state trooper's cruiser and ultimately shot himself to death.
LONDON (AP) - One very smelly sperm whale secretion may soon make one lucky British beachcomber a very happy man.
NEW YORK (AP) - "Opie & Anthony" radio show host Anthony Cumia has been fired by satellite radio company SiriusXM, which cited his "racially charged" and "hate-filled" remarks on Twitter as the reason.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to parts of the Northeast as it veered out to sea.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title - she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said.
NEW YORK (AP) - High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who bit off a portion of another man's ear during a fight has been acquitted of assault charges.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.
NOME, Alaska (AP) - Alaska wildlife officials have turned to an unusual source in efforts to persuade a herd of musk oxen to leave this Bering Sea coastal town for good.
VETERAN DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE IN VA HOSPITAL: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria - 500 yards from the emergency room - died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday.
RIFLE, Colo. (AP) - Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly - and its waitresses do, too.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The family who says their 3-year-old girl was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her scars disturbed customers won't directly accept a $30,000 donation but instead wants the money given to the foundation of a doctor who will work on her face, according to an attorney's statement.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.