ADDS MORE DETAILS ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian forces raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali's rebel Islamists, diplomats said. Islamic militants claimed that 35 hostages and 15 militants were killed after Algerian military helicopters strafed the area but said seven hostages survived. Islamists with the Masked Brigade, who have been speaking through a Mauritanian news outlet, ...
NEW YORK (AP) - As the tabloids speculated about whether Jessica Simpson is expecting again (she is) and the media zeroed in on Kate Middleton's acute morning sickness, Kim Kardashian says it was nice to be out of the media spotlight during the early stages of her pregnancy.
WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.
Lance Armstrong said viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - In a desert standoff deep in the Sahara, the Algerian army ringed a natural gas complex where Islamist militants hunkered down with dozens of hostages Wednesday night after a rare attack that appeared to be the first violent shock wave from the French intervention in Mali.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to swap out the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space for inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 43-year-old Utah woman who survived an avalanche says she felt a 'strange serenity' while trapped under the snow before she went unconscious.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - The boardwalk where generations of families and teens got their first taste of the Jersey Shore and where the MTV reality show of the same name was filmed is about to be rebuilt following its destruction in Superstorm Sandy.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the school said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state says the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has failed to make a $500,000 rent payment.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An influential group of business CEOs is pushing a plan to gradually increase the full retirement age to 70 for both Social Security and Medicare and to partially privatize the health insurance program for older Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Charities and nonprofit organizations are worried that new limits on tax deductions for high earners will hurt donations just as charitable giving is starting to rebound from the depths of the recession.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - With California's temperatures slowly climbing, citrus growers say they have seen little crop damage after a sixth night of very cold weather.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell and became stuck in a narrow opening between two buildings Wednesday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages?
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Recordings of several 911 calls made from inside Sandy Hook Elementary during last year's school shooting are being released under court order Wednesday after a legal fight by The Associated Press.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes while a motion will be introduced Wednesday in Los Angeles to limit the smokeless devices where cigarette smoking is already prohibited.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies outside a home in Ventura County.
NEW YORK (AP) - A union official says a commuter train engineer caught himself nodding at the controls before the train started to veer off its tracks and derailed in New York City, killing four people.
Production on "Fast & Furious 7" is on hold following the death of star Paul Walker.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.
WASHINGTON (AP) - To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement.
LONDON (AP) - Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from Apple after police found him hiding in the bushes near the company's corporate campus in Northern California.
Palmdale was ordered to hold a new election for City Council members next year after a Superior Court judge concluded there was discrimination against black and Latino voters in November citywide races.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn't cutting hair without a top. It's cutting hair without a license.
HONOLULU (AP) - A kayak fisherman died Monday after a shark attack off Maui, local officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer during an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.