• High court to hear Kansas plea to reinstate death sentences

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Kansas' appeal to reinstate death sentences for two brothers in the fatal shootings of four people and for another man convicted of killing a couple. The justices said they will review rulings by the Kansas Supreme Court that...

  • US stocks open higher, led by gains in energy companies

    Updated: 30 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies. UnitedHealth Group jumped 4 percent early Monday after the nation's largest health insurer said it would buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped...

  • Robin Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fight

    Updated: 44 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate. The lawyers are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge Monday to argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the...

  • Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students

    Updated: 44 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an...

  • Ohio officer dies after funeral procession crash

    Updated: 59 min ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A 63-year-old veteran Ohio police officer has died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was hit by a car while he was escorting a funeral procession. Witnesses say a driver turned into the procession Saturday afternoon, sending George Brooks into the air before...

  • Fortune Brands buying Norcraft for about $600 million

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home and security products company Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. will buy the cabinet maker Norcraft Companies Inc. for about $600 million. Deerfield, Illinois-based Fortune Brands will pay $25.50 per share, marking a 14.7 percent premium to Eagan,...

  • US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months. Consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent following declines of 0.2...

  • GNC reaches deal with NY AG over Herbal Plus products

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — GNC Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over its Herbal Plus products. In February, Schneiderman's office sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal...

  • Former Fed chairman starting 'Ben Bernanke's Blog'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is getting a new title — blogger. The man who spent eight years as the head of the nation's central bank carefully watching his every comment is writing "Ben Bernanke's Blog," where he'll be free to air his opinions on...

  • Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to...

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