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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it is "encouraged" by recent progress on efforts to overhaul immigration. White House spokesman Jay Carney cited positive comments from a bipartisan cast of senators over the weekend. He would not comment on cautionary remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a key participant in the Senate negotiations.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spending on U.S. construction projects rebounded in February, helped by a surge in home construction, which rose to the highest level in more than four years. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year's movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado. By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States - an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits. By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to "the strongest new-orders growth in two years."
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) -- After one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down in January, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland carried a gun everywhere, even when walking the dog. By NOMAAN MERCHANT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes will find out Monday if he could face execution if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people. By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper helicopter carrying a trooper, a pilot for the agency and a rescued snowmobiler crashed in the south-central part of the state, leaving all three aboard feared dead, a spokeswoman said Sunday night. By DAN JOLING Associated Press
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Four relatives of a Cold Spring police officer who was killed on duty four months ago are squabbling over who should control the money donated to his family. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report ( http://bit.ly/XAidVK ) says a Stearns County judge has scheduled a Monday hearing to sort out issues between Thomas Decker's widow, ex-wife and two brothers. The public donated an undisclosed sum after Decker was killed in November.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty - and keep their parties' political flanks mollified. By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press