NEW YORK - Search crews picked through still-smoldering rubble on Thursday, looking for survivors of a gas explosion that caused the collapse a day earlier of two New York City apartment buildings, killing seven people and injuring about 40. | Video
AUSTIN, Texas - A car evading a police sobriety checkpoint plowed into a crowd at high speed outside a nightclub in Austin on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 23 near the South by Southwest festival, police said.
PHOENIX - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed.
- Arizona is the latest state to confirm cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, increasing the tally of U.S. states with confirmed cases to 27, a group of animal health researchers said.
WASHINGTON - The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday defended the agency's approval of Zohydro, a powerful prescription opioid made by Zogenix Inc, saying it offers a "unique" option to treat pain despite concerns about potential abuse.
LOS ANGELES - Former pro football star Darren Sharper, who faces accusations in several states of drugging and raping women, was ordered held without bail by a Los Angeles judge on Thursday, based on charges filed against him this week in Arizona.
DENVER - Some people convicted of marijuana possession in Colorado at the time the state legalized recreational pot, may have their cases thrown out, a state appellate court ruled on Thursday.
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rebounded in February and new filings for jobless benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting the economy was regaining strength after an abrupt slowdown caused by severe weather.
VANCOUVER - The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Thursday it wants to keep a 50-year-old Canada-U.S. pact on Columbia River flood control and power generation in place, but it urged the federal government to push for what it called improvements.
MILFORD, Connecticut - A Connecticut man on death row for the 2007 murders of a mother and her two daughters in a quiet suburb sent his attorney a letter saying he planned to commit suicide days before he was found unresponsive in his cell on Monday, the lawyer said.