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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession. Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40 percent. By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. By DENISE LAVOIE and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - The calendar has flipped to May, but winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow. Some students enjoyed yet another snow day Thursday, while utility crews worked to restore power to more than 15,000 Xcel Energy customers. The National Weather Service reported 13 inches of snow at Owatonna and 9 inches in Berne. Rochester, Faribault, Goodhue and Red Wing school districts are among those calling off classes due to the snowstorm.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' net income fell 14 percent in the first quarter, weighed down by losses in Europe and weaker earnings in North America. GM earned $865 million, or 58 cents per share, compared with $1 billion, or 60 cents per share, in the January-March period a year ago. Excluding one-time items, GM earned 67 cents per share in the latest quarter. Analysts were expecting 54 cents, according to FactSet. Revenue fell 2.3 percent, to $36.9 billion from $37.8 billion. But the top-line number still surpassed Wall Street expectations of $36.6 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women's health. By LAURAN NEERGAARD and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -- Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is headed to Mexico with a domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico and a Mexican president willing to help him secure the border. By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- As Stephanie Sparks cleaned the kitchen, her 5-year-old son, Kristian, began playing with a rifle he was given last year. She stepped out onto the front porch, poured grease out of a frying pan for the dogs and "heard the gun go off," a Kentucky coroner said. By TRAVIS LOLLER and DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- As Stephanie Sparks cleaned the kitchen, her 5-year-old son, Kristian, began playing with a rifle he was given last year.
DENVER — People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets, hats and umbrellas out of the closet again Wednesday for another round of wet spring snow. The May Day snow storm was making travel difficult on Interstate 70 in Colorado’s mountains and along Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming, but the snow wasn’t having a major impact on Denver’s airport, though there have been de-icing delays. Nearly 3 feet of snow is possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado while around a foot is expected at lower elevations in parts of both states.