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.
DALLAS (AP) - A 16-year-old North Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident walked with assistance Monday and is expected to fully recover, her doctor said Monday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government - with one glaring exception.
CHICAGO (AP) - Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A paint company driver fatally shot a company manager and then killed himself Monday at a business park in this southwest Washington city.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as "Joan of Art" for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday. She was 83.
• WOMAN GIVES 3 ILLINOIS WAITRESSES $5,000 EACH: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.
NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world's finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The son of an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - People with disabilities shouldn't be turned down for homeowners insurance just because they have pit bulls for service dogs, a federal court lawsuit filed in Oregon says.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A man who was angry because his grandmother asked him to move out of her home was convicted Friday of killing her by beating her, stabbing her dozens of times and setting her body on fire.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati's police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as "suicide by cop."
NEW YORK (AP) - Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One Utah university is giving students glued to their cellphones a place to call their own: a designated lane for texting while walking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 243 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacy owners accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid, the government announced Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks?
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England.
NEW YORK (AP) - The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Issues continue to circle overhead for low-fare Allegiant Air as directors gathered in the profitable company's Las Vegas headquarters Thursday for a shareholder meeting.