RAF FAIRFORD England - Borne of the last downturn in U.S. military spending in the 1990s, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was intended as a quick and affordable way for the United States and its allies to replace thousands of aging F-16s and other warplanes while avoiding the pitfalls of earlier programs.
- The United Auto Workers will form a local union in Tennessee to represent workers at a Chattanooga Volkswagen AG plant, a The Tennessean newspaper reported on Thursday.
- A man who pleaded guilty to being part of a mob assault on a motorist who accidentally struck a child in Detroit was sentenced on Thursday to one year in jail.
DENVER - A state judge in Colorado ruled on Thursday that the Boulder County clerk can continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, denying a motion by the state's attorney general who said a prohibition on gay weddings remained in force.
- Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis has found.
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. - North Carolina's decision to reduce early voting days and eliminate same-day registration will cause irreparable harm to African Americans if not halted ahead of the midterm elections in November, a Justice Department lawyer argued on Thursday.
NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
- The U.S. weather forecaster maintained its outlook for the El Nino weather phenomenon in its monthly update on Thursday, pegging the chances of the weather pattern striking during the Northern Hemisphere summer at 70 percent.
BOSTON - Seven people were killed when a fire tore through an apartment building in the Boston suburb of Lowell on Thursday morning, a Massachusetts fire official said.
BOSTON - Testimony in the trial of a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber focused Thursday on the man's Internet searches after the deadly April 2013 blasts.