ST. LOUIS (AP) - The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The smell of bacon was in the air Saturday as thousands converged on Iowa's capital city for an increasingly popular festival celebrating all things connected with the meat.
MIAMI (AP) - When Massimiliano Gerina donated his sperm to a lesbian couple nearly three years ago, the gay hair dresser wanted to be a father, not just a donor. Several months into his friend's pregnancy, though, he said the couple tried to force him out, leading to a lengthy court battle.
SEATTLE (AP) - To Laura King, her three children were acting normal while enjoying dinner at an Italian restaurant in their hometown in Washington state.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is using the low-grade rivalry between Las Vegas and Atlantic City to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill that could expand the state's online gambling market nationwide.
MAN ACQUITTED IN FIGHT OVER STINKY FEET: AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - An Augusta man jailed after police said an argument over stinky feet left his roommate with a minor wound has been acquitted.
OREM, Utah (AP) - The offer seemed too good to be true: A four-year scholarship at Utah Valley University just for the asking.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two more Marines face criminal charges over a 2011 YouTube video showing members of a scout sniper platoon urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Denying he ran an Amish cult, the 67-year-old ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of his faith in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, while family members convicted of carrying out his orders got sentences ranging from one to seven years.
NEW YORK (AP) - The worst of the flu season appears to be over.
POPULARITY POLL: HILLARY CLINTON OUTRANKS OBAMA: HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Out of a job but still popular, Hillary Rodham Clinton tops President Barack Obama in a new poll.
PHOENIX (AP) - An autopsy report indicates a Mexican teen who apparently was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in October was struck by at least eight bullets, all but one hitting him in the back.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but he said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.
NEW YORK (AP) - It promises to be a campaign as passionate and dramatic as any big election. For the next 14 weeks, the Boy Scouts of America will be the focus of prayers, petitions and pressure tactics aimed at swaying a vote on whether to ease its ban on gays as Scouts or adult leaders.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.
HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy's lively TV interview at a Pennsylvania county fair, punctuated by his frequent use of the word "apparently," has turned him into an Internet sensation.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil said Wednesday he remains scared despite new evidence that his attorney believes should reduce the charges.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man in a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart store waved a rifle at customers, including children, and was fatally shot by police when he wouldn't drop the weapon, according to police and a recorded 911 call from a witness.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two Tulsa police officers who are married have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their daughter, authorities said.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman whose co-workers found her newborn son gasping for air in a garbage can told a detective she expected the boy to die after she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and dumped the child in the trash, according to court documents.
ATLANTA (AP) - It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico physician's assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state's largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Emmy award-winning television news anchor has resigned from a Sacramento station over allegations that she conspired with her fiance to shoplift $2,500 worth of Coach wallets from a mall.
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man and a woman face felony charges on allegations that they kept the woman's 7-year-old in an outdoor cage on and off for three weeks, forcing the child to sleep in the enclosure even during rainstorms.
NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) - A landslide struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community on Tuesday, destroying a home and forcing evacuations as a rain-soaked hillside tumbled from above.