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US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans incre...

Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is...

Federal safety officials see alarming surge in rail shipments of hazardous liquids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is expressing alarm at a dramatic increase in hazardous liquids being hauled in freight trains.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersma...

Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectator...

Highway shooting suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri say a man suspected in a series of random vehicle shootings over the past few weeks lives close to where at least six of the reported shootings happened...

US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

— A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wedne...

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker's strategy is in ...

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

— Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...

Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry.

The report released Monday highlights several ...

10 people killed in crash between bus and FedEx truck

—One 18-year-old says more than 40 students on board a fiery bus were able to escape through a window that someone had kicked open.

But others weren't as fortunate.

Authorities in Northern Cal...

Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been r...

Obama Says Wage Gap for Women Still Exists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive action...

New Crash Test Ratings Out in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says General Motors' Chevrolet E...

Flyers So-So About Airlines Performance

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it.

Academics who study the airline industry say that co...

Long-Time News Anchor/Interviewer to Retire

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after...

Second trip into nuclear dump expected today

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico plan to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep ...

4 dead after Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the soldier who opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was an Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental illness.

Ivan Lopez allegedly killed t...

Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2011 through 2014 model...

Last-minute rush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a mad rush to sign up for health insurance before last night's midnight deadline could put the government on track to have more than 7 million Americans enrolled.

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Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

DETROIT (AP) — A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking act...

Court hands setback to Texas abortion law critics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Texas' tough new restrictions on abortion, meaning Dr. Lester Minto's clinic near the Mexican border will stay closed.

But Minto, who has b...

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

BOSTON (AP) — Boston residents are mourning the deaths of two firefighters who were killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement.

Tribut...

National Weather Service extends flood warning and watch in Washington state mudslide area

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning in the area of the Washington state mudslide.

The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for the North Fork of the St...

Health law birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties must provide insurance coverage for contraceptives that the owners say violates their ...

No signs of life after huge Washington landslide

— Rescue crews in Washington state are still working amid fading hope of finding any survivors in the debris from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people.

Their spirits had been rais...

Preacher Fred Phelps dies at 84

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps has died at the age of 84.

The Westboro Baptist Church that Phelps founded in Topeka, Kan., was small and unaffiliated with any denomination, but its members were...

Applications for US jobless aid rose slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job mark...

Justice Dept. settles with Toyota

— The U.S. has reached a settlement with Toyota over its failure to disclose safety problems. A person close to a four-year criminal investigation says the Justice Department will announce the $1.2 ...

Illinois voters to pick GOP governor nominee

— Illinois voters are going to the polls to choose a Republican who will try to win back the governor's office.

Businessman Bruce Rauner is leading in the polls and fundraising heading into Tuesd...

Delta flight loses piece of wing, lands safely

— A Delta flight from Orlando, Fla., landed safely in Atlanta after declaring an emergency because a part of the plane's wing was missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2412 lan...

Rescuers continue searching rubble from NYC blast

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion are using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces.

Fire Department of New York C...

Graco adds more than 403,000 child seats to recall

DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.

But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U....

7th person confirmed dead in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Searchers in New York City have now found a seventh body in the rubble of two apartment buildings. A gas leak triggered the blast yesterday morning on Park Avenue and 116th Street in...

Donations taken from safe at Osteen's megachurch

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the co...

2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

UNDATED (AP) — Doctors say nearly 2 percent of Americans now have an artificial hip, knee or some other joint.

Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Berry of the Mayo Clinic says, "They are remarkable number...

Earthquake rocks California Sunday night

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say there are no reports of injuries and no danger of a tsunami following a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake off the coast.

More than 1,000 pe...

House members condemn persecution of Christians abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican congressmen have delivered Ash Wednesday speeches condemning widespread persecution of the world's Christians.

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne said that in the weeks l...

Colorado avalanche kills backcountry skier

CONEJOS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says a backcountry skier has been killed in a snow slide in southern Colorado.

The center says the death occurred Tuesday. The aval...

Obama to unveil 2015 budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama today will unveil a $4 trillion budget for 2015 that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and pushes for new money for infrastructu...

Another snow storm for East Coast

— Winter is keeping its icy hold on much of the U.S. today, with up to a foot of snow expected across the Mid-Atlantic states and up the East Coast.

Officials are warning people to stay off the i...

Heavy rains falls in SCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy rain this morning in Southern California could bring dangerous mudslides where recent wildfires have left mountainsides exposed.

Already, residents in some 1,000 homes in...

US safety opens probe into GM recall response

DETROIT (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into whether General Motors acted quickly enough to recall 1.6 million older-model small cars in a case linked to 13 deaths.

On Tuesday, GM double...

California storms to bring rain, threat of floods

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — People in fire-scarred neighborhoods in Northern California have been sandbagging their homes in anticipation of the first significant storms in the state in months.

This ...

Oil Spill Along Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge.

A Coast Guard spokesman...

We're Paying More for Gasoline

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline rose 12 cents, to $3.41, during the past two weeks.

That's according to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday.

Industry analys...

Severe Drought Continues to Hurt California Farmers

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the fr...

More Land for Farmers in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of land in farming across the United States has been dropping, but a new government survey also finds that American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market value...

Floor collapse at church center; at least 15 hurt

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Some 70 teens dropped about 12 feet when the second floor of a Mississippi church collapsed during a youth service last night.

Authorities say 35 of them were hurt, but none ...

Pa. couple face prison after sons' prayer deaths

HILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith-healing face 20 years or more in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor.

Herbert and Catherine Schaib...

Obama to talk up benefits of fuel-efficient trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help clean the environment.

After a three-day weekend in Southern California, Obama is h...

Crews monitors NM nuclear site for radiation

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy stressed Sunday that no surface contamination has been found after airborne radiation was detected underground at a southeastern New Mexico site w...

A winter of records

— This winter is shaping up to be one of the snowiest on record.

So far, Washington, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York and St. Louis have gotten roughly two or three times as much snow as they n...

12 deaths and the storm continues to move east

— As the East Coast gets blasted with snow this morning, hundreds of thousands of Southerners are shivering in the cold.

More than 445,000 homes and businesses in Georgia and the Carolinas lost p...

Snow falling in north Georgia

— Snow is falling in north Georgia this morning, where emergency crews are standing by. Georgia Power says already some thousands of homes and businesses have lost electricity throughout the state, ...

Anticipated weather cancels hundreds of flights

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 900 flights have been canceled at airports affected by today's winter storm.

The tracking service FlightAware says 894 flights have been scrapped for the day that fly in and...

Atlanta, Deep South brace for snow, ice

— Atlanta is bracing for another winter storm like the one that paralyzed the city almost two weeks ago.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he's putting emergency response agencies on alert.

The Na...

Washington hosts the National Prayer Breakfast

— President Barack Obama told thousands attending the National Prayer Breakfast that international religious freedom is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

Ob...

Power out for thousands in Northeast

— It could be days before power is restored to homes and businesses that lost it in yesterday's snow and ice storm.

Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, may have been the worst hit, with nearly 850,0...

Senate set to send farm bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected today to pass a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that the House approved last week.

The bill would provide a financial cushion for farmers who face un...

Chrysler US sales up 8 percent in January

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 8 percent in January as it posted strong growth despite the frigid weather that gripped much of the nation.

The automaker says it sold just over 1...