The Associated Press
Beach walkers pass tar balls that line a long stretch of sand in Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Thursday. Pensacola Beach officials have closed the public beaches to swimmers. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore along the Alabama and Florida coasts. A cap was back in place on BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove it.
Cap back after robot nudge stalls collection
NEW ORLEANS -- A cap was back in place on BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove what has been the most effective method so far for containing some of the massive spill.
Engineers using remote-controlled submarines repositioned the cap late Wednesday after it had been off for much of the day. It had captured 700,000 gallons of oil in the 24 hours before one of the robots bumped into it.
Bob Dudley, BP's new point man for the oil response, said removing the cap was the right move because fluid seemed to be leaking and could have been a safety hazard.
3 found stabbed in home in remote Maine
AMITY, Maine -- Two men and a boy were found fatally stabbed in a home in remote northern Maine, putting townspeople on edge as police hunted for someone who apparently took off in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, authorities said Thursday.
The bodies were discovered by a relative around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the home on U.S. Route 1 in Amity, a town of 200 residents near the Canadian border.
The victims were 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan and his 10-year-old son, Jesse, who lived in the home, as well as 30-year-old Jason Dehahn, a friend who also lived in Amity, police said.
Blagojevich irked by message from Obama aide
CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich became bitter when told that newly elected President Barack Obama would give him thanks -- but nothing else -- in return for naming an Obama favorite to the Senate, according to an FBI tape played Thursday at the former governor's corruption trial.
Blagojevich's trial was proceeding after Judge James B. Zagel turned down a defense request for a delay to give attorneys time to study a Supreme Court decision limiting the use of the ''honest services'' law -- the basis for some charges against Blagojevich.
The high court's decision was announced minutes before the start of testimony Thursday.
Woman tries to snatch baby, stabs parents
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Stephanie Foster wanted a baby so badly that when she suffered another miscarriage last fall, she didn't tell her husband.
Instead, police say Foster, 34, spent months stuffing a pillow inside her clothes to feign pregnancy, forging birth certificates and attending baby showers as she plotted to kidnap a newborn to pass off as her own.
''She didn't want to tell her husband because he was so elated that they finally were going to have a child,'' Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel said.
Police say Foster's elaborate hoax ended violently Wednesday when she stabbed a couple at their home as their month-old baby slept in the living room. Now, the baby is staying with relatives while his parents recover, and Foster sits in a county jail cell awaiting formal charges.
San Francisco Zoo's Siberian tiger, Tony, dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Zoo's beloved Siberian tiger, Tony, has died.
Zoo officials say they euthanized the animal on Tuesday after he refused food and appeared to be disoriented. Tony was suffering from arthritis and collapsing or hitting the side of his enclosure after taking just a few steps.
At 18 years and three months, Tony was the second-oldest male Siberian tiger in North America. The species is endangered and only a few hundred remain around the world.
Arizona forest fire 25 percent contained
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Firefighters were making progress Thursday containing a wildfire that has burned more than 22 square miles of scenic northern Arizona forest.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Willie Begay said the Schultz fire burning near Flagstaff was 25 percent contained and holding at 14,300 acres.
Begay said fire bosses are concerned about winds of 15 mph predicted in the fire zone today, with possible gusts over 25 mph. Air tankers packed with fire retardant and helicopters dropping water are on standby in case fire managers need to call them in.