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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.
WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) -- An explosion after a cargo train derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said. The train went off the tracks at about 2 p.m. in White Marsh, about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore and a fire department spokeswoman said she did not know if there were any injuries. Hazmat teams were on the scene, Baltimore County Police and Fire said in a series of tweets.
WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) -- Fire officials say a train has derailed and that several buildings have collapsed in a Baltimore suburb after an explosion was heard for miles. A fire spokeswoman says the train derailed about 2 p.m. Tuesday in White Marsh. The spokeswoman says it was not known if there were any injuries. Tweets from Baltimore County Police and Fire say hazardous materials teams are responding.
DRESBACH, Minn. (AP) — Winona County sheriff's officials say a houseboat that went through a lock and dam roller gate in Dresbach and tossed eleven people into the Mississippi River had electrical and mechanical problems that caused its motor to fail. Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude says seven passengers were taken to a La Crosse hospital to be checked out Monday. The others were not injured.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) -- President Barack Obama casually tossed a football as Gov. Chris Christie won a stuffed bear in an arcade Tuesday along a New Jersey boardwalk, signaling the famed Jersey Shore is back seven months after Hurricane Sandy bore down with force.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring, rising home prices and more optimism about business conditions. The increase suggests consumers may keep boosting economic growth this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices jumped 10.9 percent in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006. A growing number of buyers are bidding on a tight supply of homes, driving prices higher and helping the housing market recover.
DRESBACH, Minn. (AP) — Eleven people have been rescued after a houseboat tipped over on the Mississippi River near Dresbach. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/17iWczW ) that six people were taken to a hospital, but all were expected to live. The other five did not need medical treatment. Everyone on the boat has been accounted for. Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows the boat may have lost power on Monday evening, then was swept into the rollers at Lock and Dam No.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gas prices in Minnesota have eased a bit. Increased supplies have caused prices to drop after hitting an all-time high last week. The travel group AAA says the average gas price peaked at $4.28 a gallon last week statewide, but dropped to $4.05 Monday. That's still well above the national average. AAA Minnesota-Iowa spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer says the state should soon be in line with the rest of the nation.