Nation-World

A judge has dismissed a civil case by a northeast Ohio couple who want to keep their toothless, 41-year-old black bear despite not getting a required state permit.Associated Press
The death toll from an unusually severe set of storms in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana reached as high as 19, with more than a dozen people missing.Manny Fernandez and Richard Pérez-Peña
The United States has an ambitious agenda as leader of the Arctic Council and needs continued cooperation with Russia to carry it out, says the top U.S. Arctic official.Yereth Rosen
With billions of dollars at stake, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa jockeyed in 2004 for the privilege of hosting soccer’s most prestigious tournament, the World Cup. The outcome hinged on a decision by the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, and a single vote could tip the decision.Stephanie Clifford and Matt Apuzzo
Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau’s five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. Jack Healy
On one side of a rickety bridge that spans a narrow stretch of the Euphrates River were panicked families on the run from Islamic State forces, hoping to escape Anbar province and reach safety in Baghdad.Tim Arango
A “sophisticated cyberattack” on Premera Blue Cross affected 11 million people in the U.S. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield Alaska is encouraging members to apply for free credit monitoring and identity theft services.Laurel Andrews
Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore.Christopher Weber
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for evading banking laws and lying to the FBI about payments he made to an unidentified person to conceal past misconduct.Michael Tarm