BBC: Users will be able to customize their gender in a way that "allows people to express themselves in an authentic way," Facebook said in a post.
Reuters: Comcast Corp. will purchase Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion.
CNN: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Health Security Agenda alongside more than 25 nations and international organizations to accelerate progress towards a infectious disease-free world.
BBC: The French president and President Barack Obama toasted to the nations' centuries-old friendship at a White House state dinner.
The Atlantic: The social network for bookworms now has more than 25 million users.
BBC: The former Hollywood child star has died at the age of 85.
Reuters: The number of technology firms aged five years or younger has fallen to below 80,000.
BBC: Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated 18 million Facebook shares to a Silicon Valley foundation.
Reuters: Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer.
Forbes: The American Heart Association published a guideline that focuses on preventing stroke in women.
CBS: After 22 years, Leno said goodbye to the late-night program Thursday.
BBC: A study in Canada found teenagers who played violent video games for long periods of time lacked empathy.
USA Today: The sandwich chain is removing a chemical commonly used in shoe rubber from its bread.