- Shrugging off winter's bite in N. Dakota oilfields
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some people were choosing to stay indoors as an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains, but the prospect of temperatures not cracking single digits had a different effect on the roustabouts, roughnecks and thousands of others working outside in western North Dakota's oil patch.
- NY train wreck could be case of highway hypnosis
NEW YORK (AP) — It's sometimes called highway hypnosis or white-line fever, and it's familiar to anyone who has driven long distances along a monotonous route.
- Pearl Harbor survivor thrives meeting visitors
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the visitors center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed "Herb's Hot Rod." When a woman notices his blue and white cap embroidered with the words "Pearl Harbor Survivor," he coaxes her over.
- Railroads to offer health care to same-sex spouses
SEATTLE (AP) — A day after being sued by legally married, gay engineers, the nation's largest freight rail carriers announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees.
- Workers try again to save whales in Everglades
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife workers will try again Thursday to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong.
- Kerry seeks to soothe Israeli security concerns
JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel's security is a necessary part of its ongoing peace negotiations with Palestinians, a process he described as making some progress.
- 911 calls show anguish and tension in Conn. school
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As gunfire boomed over and over in the background, a janitor begged a 911 dispatcher to send help, saying, "There's still shooting going on! Please!" A woman breathlessly reported seeing a gunman run down a hall. And a teacher said she was holed up in her classroom with her children but hadn't yet locked the door.
- Legal fate of FSU quarterback to be answered
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston will learn whether he faces prosecution Thursday when a state attorney finally announces the results of an intensive investigation into sexual assault allegations against the Florida State quarterback.
- Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
- Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
- Today in History
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year.