By By HOLBROOK MOHRAssociated Press
DOYLINE, La. (AP) - The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town has come under scrutiny for explosions and its handling of dangerous materials before, and it was so far behind on its rent that the Louisiana National Guard
By By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - American fourth-graders are performing better than they were four years ago in math and reading, but students four years older show no such progress, a global study released Tuesday revealed.
Although the U.S. remains in the top dozen or so
By By MATTHEW LEEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people Tuesday, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar
By By DESMOND BUTLERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of battling each other on trade issues, U.S. and European officials are contemplating a dramatic change in direction: joining together in what could be the world's largest free trade pact in an attempt to boost their
By By TRACIE CONEAssociated Press
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A California Indian tribe said Tuesday it will hold candlelight vigils for the rest of the week to honor five family members who were slain over the weekend.
Tribal Chairman Neil Peyron of the Tule River Indian Reservation called the
By By PETE YOST and PAN PYLASAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - HSBC avoided a legal battle that could further savage its reputation and undermine confidence in the global banking system by agreeing Tuesday to pay $1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe.
Europe's largest bank by
By By JOHN FLESHER and JEFF KAROUBAssociated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol.
The Republican-dominated chamber
By By TAMARA LUSHAssociated Press
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.
Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 7:47 p.m., about 16
By By KYLE HIGHTOWERAssociated Press
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman must remain under 24-hour GPS monitoring while awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and must stay in the county despite the defense's concerns about his safety, a judge ruled
By By PETER JAMES SPIELMANNAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A civil liberties group asked the Organization of American States' human rights commission Tuesday to investigate the U.S. government for what it says are violations of the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.