HE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal regulators have scheduled a meeting to discuss a radioactive water leak that led to the shutdown of a South Carolina nuclear reactor, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and whether any Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli forces on Thursday launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, the military said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.
GRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine said passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November's elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.
WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) - Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.
CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
SPRING, Texas (AP) - A man charged with killing four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home and held the kids at gunpoint until their parents arrived, police said Thursday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.
HATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Young people involved in a youth ministry program in the north Georgia mountains are recovering at their camp after a bus crashed on Fort Mountain, sending 17 people to hospitals with mostly minor injuries.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in two Cobb County jurisdictions say they've used federal grant money to install automatic license plate readers they use to scan and store hundreds of car tags in a database.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - A new outlet mall northwest of Atlanta is creating traffic gridlock on a nearby interstate.
ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say a pair of twin newborn Giant Panda cubs are gaining weight because they are nursing well with their mother.
LITHIA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.
ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has granted death row inmate Warren Lee Hill a temporary stay of execution, and attorneys for the state say they plan to appeal the injunction in the state Supreme Court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series bid Thursday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.
ATLANTA (AP) - The law enforcement branch of Atlanta's public transit agency is holding a job fair this weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.
ATLANTA (AP) - Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug.
ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June.
BOSTON (AP) - New studies suggest that noticing you are having memory or thinking problems could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association lists these 10 warning signs, plus advice on how to tell them from normal age-related changes:
MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A masked robber apparently thought the 96-year-old owner of a neighborhood grocery store in Marshfield would be an easy target for his crime. But, he was so wrong.
ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson officials say the world's busiest airport is gearing up to open its first common use VIP lounge.