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PRESTON, Conn. - (AP) -- A woman who picked up her two young grandsons from daycare and was supposed to bring them home so the 2-year-old could open his birthday presents instead drove them to a neighboring town and shot and killed the children and herself, state police and family members said. The bodies of 47-year-old Debra Denison and her grandsons, 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry, were found Tuesday night in a car parked near Lake of Isles in Preston, in the southeastern part of the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will meet Friday with the top leaders in the House and Senate to discuss what to do about automatic cuts to the federal budget, White House and congressional leaders said. By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for U.S. factory goods that signal business investment plans jumped last month by the most in more than a year, suggesting companies are confident about their business prospects. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for U.S. factory goods that signal business investment plans jumped last month by the most in more than a year, suggesting companies are confident about their business prospects.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chuck Hagel takes charge at the Defense Department with deep budget cuts looming and Republican opponents still doubtful that he's up to the job. By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) -- A shooting at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland on Wednesday left three people dead and seven wounded, some of them seriously, prosecutors said. The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the premises of Kronospan, a company in the small town of Menznau, west of Lucerne. Three people were killed, among them the suspected assailant, police in Lucerne said in a statement. A further seven were wounded, several of them seriously. Officials gave no further details.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ax is scheduled to hit the federal budget Friday: Unless the White House and Congress reach a budget deal by then, automatic cuts will carve $85 billion out of the budget through Sept. 30 and $1.2 trillion over the next decade. By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping." By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Justin Morneau is finding his hitting touch early in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Morneau had two hits, including an RBI double, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Tuesday. Morneau and teammate Joe Mauer, both taking part in next month’s WBC, made the 2½-hour trip from Fort Myers. “Just to get my legs underneath me,” Morneau said. “There’s a big difference between playing five innings and playing nine. Knowing we’re going to start earlier with the WBC, crank it up a little bit earlier.”
PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat hit big shots at the end of regulation and overtime, helping the Phoenix Suns end a three-game losing streak with an 84-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Gortat hit a runner with 13 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime and scored on a hard drive with 45 seconds left in the extra period.
By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Mbakwe stood at center court as Gopher fans stormed the Williams Arena court, an impossibly large smile on his face as he was swarmed by the delirious crowd. This was why he came back for a sixth season. This was why he rehabbed a torn ACL in college rather than trying to turn pro. This is why he didn’t give up after sitting out a full season because of off-the-court trouble. For this moment.