NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.
DENVER (AP) - A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.
• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.
NEW YORK (AP) - The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers' homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.
HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Days after announcing that a Muslim call to prayer would echo from its historic chapel tower, Duke University changed course Thursday following a flurry of calls and emails objecting to the plan.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman was drunk when she sped away from police in an SUV that later crashed and flipped with five children inside, ejecting a 2-year-old boy, authorities said Thursday.
VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.
NEW YORK (AP) - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.