NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade have agreed to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time, making an exception for a group of employees from NBC, the network televising the event.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:
ATLANTA (AP) - George Washington's personal, annotated copy of the Constitution will be on display beginning Friday for a limited time at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta, part of a traveling exhibit among the 13 presidential libraries.
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) - Officials at a small school district in upstate New York say an "honest mistake" led to students being identified in the yearbook as "Creepy smile kid" and "Some tall guy."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The national organ transplant network has complied with a judge's unusual order and placed a dying 10-year-old girl on the adult waiting list for a donated lung, and a patient at the same hospital asked the court for the same relief.
PERRY, Ga. (AP) - Bond has been denied for a woman accused of hitting son with her car after shoplifting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market bounced around Thursday as traders reacted to news from Europe and looked ahead to the government's monthly employment report.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.
ATLANTA (AP) - South Georgians were bracing for heavy rains that could lead to flooding as Tropical Storm Andrea gained strength during its approach to the state.
MIAMI (AP) - Heavy rain was pouring across much of Florida early Thursday as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed toward the state's western coast and a new tropical storm warning was issued for a swath of the U.S. East Coast.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily allowed a dying 10-year-old girl to move up the adult waiting list for a lung transplant, though an expert has questioned the decision on medical and ethical grounds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Transportation officials are set to hold the latest of three public hearings on proposed passenger rail service between Charlotte and Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia has unveiled new rules banning references to guns, drugs and alcohol on personalized license plates.
In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Inmates often complain of idleness, but Tavon White apparently had no trouble keeping busy behind bars.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A four-story building being demolished collapsed Wednesday on the edge of downtown, injuring 12 people and trapping two others, the fire commissioner said.