By By PETE YOST and PAN PYLASAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - HSBC avoided a legal battle that could further savage its reputation and undermine confidence in the global banking system by agreeing Tuesday to pay $1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe.
Europe's largest bank by
By By JOHN FLESHER and JEFF KAROUBAssociated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol.
The Republican-dominated chamber
By By TAMARA LUSHAssociated Press
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.
Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 7:47 p.m., about 16
By By KYLE HIGHTOWERAssociated Press
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman must remain under 24-hour GPS monitoring while awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and must stay in the county despite the defense's concerns about his safety, a judge ruled
By By PETER JAMES SPIELMANNAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A civil liberties group asked the Organization of American States' human rights commission Tuesday to investigate the U.S. government for what it says are violations of the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.
By By PAMELA SAMPSONAP Business Writer
BANGKOK (AP) - Asian stock markets rose Wednesday as a German business confidence survey alleviated concerns that Europe's largest economy might fall into recession. Investors brushed off North Korea's latest test launch of a long-range rocket.
By By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is expected to announce a revamped bond-buying plan Wednesday to maintain its support for the U.S. economy.
The Fed's goal would be to keep downward pressure on long-term interest rates and encourage
By By KATHY MATHESONAssociated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Participants in Philadelphia's annual Mardi Gras-like New Year's Day parade say a huge warehouse fire might have destroyed elaborate props slated for use in a few weeks.
Firefighters say explosions were reported at the three-story
By By HOWARD ULMANAP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes as the New England Patriots turned their much-hyped game against the Houston Texans into a mismatch, leading 28-7 after the third quarter on Monday night.
The Texans (11-1) entered with the NFL
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State University students are organizing a multicultural march to counter concerns about racial intolerance after an offensive sorority photo surfaced.
The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/XLwoXU) a group called PSU For All Student Equality will lead a