NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.
An Indiana family's pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy's face until he woke up, authorities said. Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping Wednesday afternoon as fire began spreading through his Indianapolis home, Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith said Thursday. The incident counters a popular image of pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive dogs, Reith said. The homeowner believes the blaze, which did an estimated $175,000 in damages, started in the garage from electrical causes, the fire department said.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A casino boat stuck on a rocky sandbar freed itself Thursday without help from tow boats and returned to its home dock, a day and a half after the vessel ran aground during its first passenger cruise out of Savannah.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky congressman behind an amendment that would undo the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws said Thursday he doesn't think it will become law.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Four days into the search for a missing pregnant woman in Maui, her half-sister and a group of volunteers got their first serious clues, finding a skirt, shirt and bra that appeared stained with blood. The sister recognized the items as belonging to 27-year-old Carly Scott and the searchers called police.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of the patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies likely exceeds $500 million, federal prosecutors said Thursday, higher than previous estimates.
It's still early in the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airline Flight MH17, but there's a lot to take into account as the world tries to figure out what happened.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects to a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in the line of duty over the weekend.
ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to hide their bodies in suitcases dumped along a rural road, while the man's attorney said he expected more charges to come first in a neighboring Wisconsin county.
Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel.
New Jersey lawmakers, continuing their investigation of allegations of political retribution as the motive to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge last year, heard Thursday from an aide to Gov. Chris Christie. Here is a timeline of important dates in the scandal:
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - Arizona authorities are probing a series of arson fires at suburban Phoenix churches as possible hate crimes after an apparent arsonist set Bibles alight on church doorsteps, police said on Thursday. Authorities said up to six small fires were touched off at four churches in Mesa, Arizona, since mid-May by burning the books, said police spokeswoman Sergeant Diana Williams. Police have declined to confirm the details of that incident. Mesa police said the first arson fire was reported on May 11 at the Mesa Baptist Church, followed by another at the church on May 17. Those blazes were ignited near a back door to the gymnasium on the sprawling four-acre grounds of the Mesa Baptist church, Senior Pastor Mark Rice said.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury weighing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev adjourned after a second day of deliberations on Thursday. Azamat Tazhayakov, a Kazakh exchange student, is the first of three of Tsarnaev's friends to be charged with interfering in authorities' investigation into the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264. The jury began deliberations on Wednesday after six days of testimony. Prosecutors contended that Tazhayakov, now 20, set out to help Tsarnaev when he and two other friends, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos, removed the items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, hours after the FBI had released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the case.
PHOENIX (AP) — A homeless ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shot another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney for one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate in hopes of pleasing a fictional online character has filed a motion seeking access to the mental health records of the other girl charged in the case.
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody July 4 holiday weekend that left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of a homeless woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway.