NY woman pleads guilty to Newtown shooting fraud

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City woman has pleaded guilty to engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme in which she posed as the aunt of a Newtown school shooting victim. Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Nouel Alba,…
Diabetes Drug Safety Avandia

FDA panel favors easing safety limits on Avandia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis sug……

FDA panel favors easing safety limits on Avandia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts recommend modifying safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as previously believed. A…

Average US rate on 15-year mortgage tops 3 pct.

The average U.S. rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage rose above 3 percent this week for the first time in a year, while the rate on the 30-year fixed loan approached 4 percent. Here’s a look at rates…

Judge behind phone records threw out Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Vinson, the federal judge who approved the Obama administration’s secret collection of telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the U.S., made waves two years ago with a sweeping ruling invalidating President Barack…
Building Collapse Bulldozer

Search goes on after Pa. building collapse kills 6

As a bulldozer began to clear away the debris of a collapsed building that killed six people, city officials said a search for the dead and injured was nearly complete Thursday.…

4 journalists win Livingston reporting awards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Reporters for the Tampa Bay Times, Washingtonian Magazine and CNN Digital won Livingston Awards, given to journalists under the age of 35 for outstanding work, sponsors said Thursday. The $10,000 awards are the…

Dingell approaches congressional milestone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Dingell, who was first elected in 1955, will become the longest serving member of Congress in history Friday when he eclipses the record held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West…

Gov’t proposes safety labels for tenderized beef

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beef tenderized by machines before it is sold in grocery stores could soon carry labels warning customers to cook the meat thoroughly. The Agriculture Department on Thursday proposed to require the new package labels and…

Missouri man gets 20 years in triplet mom’s death

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his estranged wife, a mother of triplets who was missing for almost two years before her body was found last week on an island in…

West Wichita diner robbed

It happened in the 600 block of South Tyler Road around 9:10 p.m. Thursday.…

Ex-Auburn player pleads not guilty to fixing game

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he conspired to fix a 2012 game that his team lost to Arkansas. During a brief arraignment hearing in federal court,…

Bill to legalize web poker introduced in Congress

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables could be getting a boost from Washington. Republican New York Congressman Peter King introduced legislation Thursday that would rescue online gambling from a legal gray zone…

Fla. cargo pilot charged with flying drunk

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A private cargo pilot has been charged with flying while drunk with a blood alcohol content was 0.27 percent, well above the .04 percent limit permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Court records allege…