By BETH J. HARPAZAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - By the time summer's over, many families can't wait for school to start. Working parents have struggled to find camps or babysitting, kids are bored and teachers fret over "summer slide" - the academic losses that research shows hits kids
By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration moved Thursday to boost assistance to people fleeing violence in northern Mali, where radical Islamists and rebels have taken advantage of political chaos in the west African country to attack villages and destroy
By SAM HANANELAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Oil giant BP has agreed to pay an additional $13 million to settle charges of failing to fix safety violations at its Texas City oil refinery after a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers.
The settlement announced Thursday is the latest move toward
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mexico's reliance on the military to combat widespread drug violence and crime has been largely ineffective and has led to increases in human rights violations, according to a congressional report released Thursday.
The majority staff of the
By BROCK VERGAKISAssociated Press
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The former chief executive of the Bank of the Commonwealth and three former vice presidents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they conspired to commit bank fraud.
The Bank of the Commonwealth opened in 1971 and was
By MARCY GORDONAP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell again to record lows, giving would-be buyers more incentive to brave the housing market.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.56 percent. That's down from 3
By PALLAVI GOGOIAP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - It's been a scandal-filled few months for banks.
JPMorgan Chase revealed a $2 billion trading loss, triggering an investigation by the government and hearings in Congress. Then the large banks were implicated in a global dust-up over interest
By JOHN RABY and VICKI SMITHAssociated Press
LEROY, W.Va. (AP) - A defense lawyer's comments in a high-profile case of abuse and torture in West Virginia could make domestic violence victims think twice about asking for help and discourage bystanders from offering it, an advocate said
By SOPHIA TAREENAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s disclosure that he is suffering from a "mood disorder" still leaves many questions about his secretive medical leave and whether the Illinois congressman has satisfied mounting calls to be more open about his
By BRIAN BAKSTAssociated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As a presidential hopeful, Tim Pawlenty won respect among GOP insiders, social conservatives and the tea party movement. Far from the first love of any faction, he quickly washed out as a candidate.
Almost a year after he abandoned his White