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Scrabble to get new word, fans get to vote

Updated: 03/17/2014 - Hasbro says it's working with Merriam-Webster to change the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years.

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Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health

Posted: 03/17/2014 - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Posted: 03/17/2014 - New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether march participants can carry pro-gay signs.

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Magnitude-6.7 quake hits Chile's northern coast

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile's northern Pacific shore Sunday, and authorities said more than 100,000 people briefly evacuated some coastal areas as a precaution. Only minor damage was reported.

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Will missing jet prompt change in aviation system?

Updated: 03/16/2014 - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has exposed wide gaps in how the world's airlines — and their regulators — operate. But experts warn this isn't likely to be one of those defining moments that lead to fundamental changes.

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Honda recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans

Updated: 03/15/2014 - Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.

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Food pantries on the rise at US college campuses

Posted: 03/15/2014 - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

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Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns

Posted: 03/15/2014 - Thousands of law enforcement agencies are equipping their officers with tiny cameras to record interactions with the public. But the devices are often being rolled out faster than departments can create policies on how they're used.

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Crimea votes on whether to secede from Ukraine

Updated: 03/16/2014 - Billboards throughout the capital of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea proclaim "Together With Russia" today, though a few have been hit by spray-painters who replaced "Russia" with "Ukraine."

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New insurance rights for same-sex couples

Updated: 03/15/2014 - Addressing gay and lesbian concerns, the Obama administration Friday moved to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples and close a loophole that threatened to leave some HIV/AIDS patients without coverage.

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Target says it ignored early signs of data breach

Posted: 03/15/2014 - Target Corp. said in its annual report that a massive security breach has hurt its image and business, while spawning dozens of legal actions, and it noted it can't estimate how big the financial tab will end up being.

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Final words from jet came after systems shutdown

Updated: 03/17/2014 - Malaysia's government says police are examining an elaborate flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian airliner had set up in his home.

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U.S. theory is someone diverted missing Asian airliner

Posted: 03/14/2014 - A U.S. official says investigators are examining the possibility that someone caused the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, and that it may have been "an act of piracy."

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Obama overtime plan already stirring controversy

Posted: 03/14/2014 - President Barack Obama's move to make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay is being hailed by Democrats who see it as a potent midterm election issue and condemned by Republicans and business leaders as presidential overreach.

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Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

Posted: 03/14/2014 - Amazon is betting that shoppers will pay $20 more for its popular Prime two-day free shipping and video streaming service of movies and TV shows.

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McDonald's hit by lawsuits over worker pay

Posted: 03/14/2014 - McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

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