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.
ATLANTA (AP) - Children are dying less often in traffic accidents: Over a decade, the number who died in crashes dropped by 43 percent, according to a new government report.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - An unmarried teacher at a Roman Catholic middle school in Montana has been fired after getting pregnant, the Diocese of Helena confirmed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The stewards of national park land at the base of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge rejected a museum proposal by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who was released on bond in a burglary case used snacks to lure a 6-year-old girl into his motel room in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson and strangled her, court records say.
ATLANTA (AP) - For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.
MAGNOLIA, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man driving a stolen car has crashed into an ambulance on a New Jersey highway and has been killed.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A single mother of four from a small North Carolina town came forward Monday as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.
ARREST MADE IN DOG MAULING THAT CRITICALLY INJURED WOMAN: LAS VEGAS (AP) - A woman was arrested Monday after police say her four mixed breed pit bulls attacked a 65-year-old Las Vegas woman last week, leaving her critically wounded and in danger of losing her arm and eye.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman is suing a longtime bear protection group after she says she got death threats for reporting an aggressive black bear to Nevada authorities, who then killed the animal.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - With a ski mask, a fake Facebook profile and a plan, police say Kyle Dube thought he could make himself a hero.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man has pleaded not guilty to drowning his ex-girlfriend's dog in the American River.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.