CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A man who was jailed for 2½ years so he couldn't avoid taking the witness stand in his son's murder trial was freed Thursday after providing two hours of often-combative testimony.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - For an 11-year-old boy, it was a house of horrors.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Army began destroying the nation's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons Wednesday, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralize it.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas would allow people to carry concealed handguns on college campuses under a measure given preliminary approval by the state Senate, just a day after it passed a proposal allowing open carry of guns almost anywhere in the state.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.
BURLINGAME (AP) - A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of "fanning the flames of racial division," as the federal agency is criticizing Ferguson police for alleged racial biases following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
• Wife guilty of dismembering husband, storing parts in closet: MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her husband, hiding his dismembered remains in plastic storage containers and taking them with her when she moved.
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.
BOSTON (AP) - After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The College of Idaho is trying to ban an app named after the 1950s novelty song, "Yakety Yak," after some students reported being harassed or bullied through the application.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The homicide case against an eighth-grader and her soldier boyfriend, who are accused of conspiring by text message to have her mother killed, was sent to county court for trial Thursday after a hearing in which prosecutors showed photos of the victim.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly a century after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation's highest service medal.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made an appearance in the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday as lawmakers approved a measure requiring schools to give parents at least two weeks' notice if a teacher plans to use material related to human sexuality or sexual education that some could consider objectionable.
BOSTON (AP) - Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are cramming a summer cookout into one burger.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoot enough photos and videos, and your phone will eventually fill up.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.
ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths.