Boosted by a new mobile app, a growing network of observers and a shoutout from President Obama, Alaska's Local Environmental Observer Network is making scientific discoveries and setting an example for the rest of the changing circumpolar north.Yereth Rosen
Burger King’s new Halloween-themed Whopper is causing a lot of kerfuffle on the Internet, and for good reason: Apparently, the special black bun turns your poop bright green.Rachel Feltman
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers saw the first whale about a week ago off the small island of Niihau near Kauai. A second whale was seen days later near Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility.Associated Press
Backed by Russian warplanes, the Syrian army began a ground offensive Wednesday against rebel forces in northern Hama province, while the Kremlin said it had fired 26 cruise missiles on Syrian targets from naval vessels in the Caspian Sea.ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER
The aid organization Doctors Without Borders called Wednesday for a little-known international agency to carry out an independent investigation of the attack by a U.S. aircraft on its hospital in northern Afghanistan.Nick Cumming-Bruce
Customers were coming and going in the parking lot of a Home Depot near Detroit when a shoplifter suddenly came tearing across the blacktop and a female bystander pulled out a concealed pistol and fired several shots at him.Michael E. Miller / The Washington Post
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on aFrench train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism.Associated Press
Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.Associated Press,Michael Biesecker, Matthew Daly
With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.Erica Werner | Associated Press
Scientists fear that thanks to warm sea temperatures, the ultimate result could be the loss of more than 4,500 square miles of coral this year -- with particularly strong impacts in Hawaii and other U.S. tropical regions.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post