NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination took a turn toward the South Carolina surreal Thursday as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from an ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner's standing.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Some notable moments from Thursday's debate, the last such forum before the South Carolina Republican presidential primary:
PHOENIX TRANSIENT ACCUSED OF SKINNING, EATING CAT: PHOENIX (AP) - A transient has been arrested after police say he skinned and ate a cat while camping inside a Phoenix warehouse and music venue.
ATLANTA (AP) - A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.
CHICAGO (AP) - Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you're healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you can have a love life.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving brush fire south of Reno out of control Thursday as it burned several homes, threatened dozens more and forced about 10,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite a billionaire history buff's pledge of $7.5 million to speed up repairs on the Washington Monument, officials say the complex work could last until August 2013 - two years after the landmark was damaged by an earthquake.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race on Thursday, endorsed his old friend Newt Gingrich and returned home to Texas, where the failed White House candidate has three years left to serve as the chief executive.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Thursday angrily denied that he asked his second wife for an "open marriage" that would allow him to have a mistress as she claims in an interview broadcast two days before the South Carolina primary.
ATLANTA (AP) - New research could mean millions of older women can skip frequent screening tests for osteoporosis: If an initial bone scan shows no big problems, many can safely wait 15 years to have another one, the study suggests.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - "American Idol" is having a bit of a Goldilocks moment.
NEW YORK (AP) - YouTube is launching a film festival that will play out online and ultimately send 10 finalists to the Venice Film Festival.
4 PEOPLE STILL OVERDUE ON MOUNT RAINIER: ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) - A special team of skilled skiers and climbers is being assembled at Mount Rainier National Park to search for two climbers and two campers overdue from winter outings, park officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If a day without Wikipedia was a bother, think bigger. In this plugged-in world, we would barely be able to cope if the entire Internet went down in a city, state or country for a day or a week.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada man paralyzed in a 2010 snowmobiling accident has reached the South Pole, traveling about 75 miles in sub-zero temperatures over two weeks to complete the trip on the 100th anniversary of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's trek there with the Terra Nova Expedition.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate appropriations panel voted Tuesday to give the Obama administration $2 billion it requested to handle the dramatic increase in child immigrants caught trying to illegally cross the Mexican border without their parents.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jerad Miller was ready to share his anti-government views with just about anyone who would listen, views that telegraphed his desire to kill police officers and his willingness to die for what he hoped would be a revolution against the government.
NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans with diabetes has increased again - now more than 29 million people have the illness.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat Tuesday from the White House.
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.
MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) - Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.
NEW YORK (AP) - The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking what their lawyers Tuesday called the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man has been charged with killing a woman, dismembering her body and eating part of her corpse in a bizarre case that's perplexing law enforcement in a small pastoral town.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Washington teenager was on the phone with her mother as she hiked alone on a mountain in Alaska, saying she was nervous about the slippery terrain before her mother heard a scream, and then silence. The 18-year-old had fallen 30 feet from a cliff.
CHICAGO (AP) - The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.
WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) - Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of going on a shooting spree in a rural community was charged Monday with killing the man who molested his daughter more than a decade ago and trying to kill a stepdaughter's boyfriend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, Fred Goldman was adamant that he would never rest until he had held O.J. Simpson accountable for the killings of his son Ron and Simpson's ex-wife 20 years ago - even if a jury had acquitted the former football star.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on leave for refusing an assignment to work a gay pride parade last weekend said Monday that his client has been defamed by inaccurate comments made by the police department.