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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Wednesday that a serious national security leak required the secret gathering of telephone records at The Associated Press as he stood by an investigation in which he insisted he had no involvement.
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rebounded this month, reflecting improved sales trends during the spring home-selling season and the strongest outlook for sales over the next six months in more than six years.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Arctic Cat posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its fiscal fourth-quarter, as sales improved across all product lines. The maker of recreational vehicles and snowmobiles said Wednesday that it is reinstating its quarterly dividend and approved the buyback of up to $30 million of its stock due to its strong performance, healthy cash flow and future prospects. Arctic Cat lost $5.1 million, or 38 cents per share, during the traditionally slow fourth quarter.
WEST, Texas (AP) -- When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in this tiny Texas town rushed to evacuate nearby buildings and raced to spray water on tanks of chemicals, hoping to prevent a catastrophe.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- Deere & Co. says its second-quarter net income rose almost 3 percent as it raised prices and the farm economy continued to be strong. The company, which makes farm tractors as well as construction equipment, earned $1.08 billion, or $2.76 per share, for its most recent quarter. That was up from $1.06 billion, or $2.61 per share, during the same period last year. That topped analysts' average estimates for earnings of $2.71 per share.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Agriculture Committee is set to consider small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive.
MINNEAPOLIS — Start by quality start, Jake Peavy is putting the shoulder problems that once threatened to derail his career further and further behind him. Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo hit consecutive homers to back another strong start from Peavy and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Peavy (5-1) gave up two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings and Tyler Flowers’ single in the eighth scored the go-ahead run for the White Sox.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors.