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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The political standoff over the U.S. budget is slowing the U.S. economy - more so than any hesitance by Americans to spend freely. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The political standoff over the U.S. budget is slowing the U.S. economy - more so than any hesitance by Americans to spend freely.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — If a majority of members on a city council zing messages back and forth on Facebook, Twitter or another social media platform, is that considered an official government meeting? Not if a bill starting its travel through the Minnesota Legislature prevails. The House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday was discussing a bill that would make clear that those types of communications don't trigger the open meeting law.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Another blizzard bore down on the nation's midsection early Tuesday after lashing the Texas Panhandle with hurricane-force winds, closing highways and cutting power to thousands in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. At least two people were killed in the storm, and Midwesterners still digging out from last week's deep snowpack braced for more.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired, saying he'll be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday that Benedict himself made the decisions.
LUXOR, Egypt (AP) -- A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists, a security official said. It was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the key tourism industry deeper into recession. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Justin Morneau was on Vance Worley’s side this time. That’s the way the right-hander likes it. Morneau hit a three-run double for Minnesota and the newcomer Worley pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut for the Twins in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
Pump prices leveled off over the weekend, breaking a monthlong string of daily increases that boosted the cost of driving. On Monday the national average for gas stood at $3.777 a gallon, down a fractional from $3.781 on Friday, according to AAA, the Oil Price Information Service, and Wright Express. The price is still up about 44 cents from a month ago. Last week's 3 percent drop in oil prices helped slow the rise in gas prices, but the relief may be short-lived.
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A major winter storm brought blizzard conditions to parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Oklahoma Panhandle and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after record amounts of snow blanketed the region.
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them. By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama will challenge governors to make it easier for military members to transfer their skills to civilian jobs. Mrs. Obama wants states to pass legislation or take executive action allowing veterans to receive professional credentials or licenses based on their experiences in the military. Administration officials said that would allow veterans to apply for jobs more quickly rather than having to take courses for skills they already have.