Map locates section of the Mississippi River that was closed due to an oil barge spill.

Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill

About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon collided with another towboat Saturday afternoon, officials said.…
This photo taken Jan. 28, 2014, Coast Guard officer William Pless communicates on the radio while steering the 45 foot Coast Guard vessel through a dense fog during a patrol off the San Diego coast in San Diego. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin America and at the U.S. border, smugglers have been increasingly using large vessels to carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore, where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

Only a third of suspected drug smuggling boats or aircraft out of South America that were tracked by U.S. intelligence in cocaine-trafficking corridors in the Pacific and Caribbean were stopped last year. …
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, center, is welcomed as he arrives at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber (SWCRC) Legislative forum held at the Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Mich. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a champion of Detroit's auto industry, has announced his retirement. (AP Photo)

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.…
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Court rules against Notre Dame over birth control

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.…
This Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo released by Alturas Police Department shows Cherie Lash Rhoades. Rhoades, suspected of killing four people at the headquarters of an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land, had been under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds, a person familiar with the tribe's situation told The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Alturas Police Department)

Tribal killing suspect targeted in probe

Investigators have been looking into whether Cherie Lash Rhoades took federal grant money meant for the Cedarville Rancheria tribe she once led.…
This photo released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission throw a custom-made "cutting grapple," hoping to sever the long strand of fishing rope exiting the whale's mouth. Seconds later the heavy rope parted and the whale swam away unencumbered. (AP Photo/ Georgia Department of Natural Resources, taken under NOAA permit #932-1905-MA-009526)

Fishing rope cut from endangered whale

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Wildlife experts cut away more than 280 feet of commercial fishing line being dragged by an endangered right whale off the Georgia coast, th……
Stacey Barfield, mother of Hailey Owens, foreground left, is consoled by Sara Wells, as family member Teri Nord, right, arranges flowers left by well wishers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 near the site where the 10-year-old girl was abducted just blocks from her Springfield, Mo., home. Prosecutors have charged Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in their girls death. Prosecutors says the fourth-grader's body was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in the basement of Wood's Springfield home. She had been shot in the head. (AP Photo/Alan Scher Zagier)

Community mourns slain girl

Hailey Owens went missing on Tuesday, taken in daylight from a neighborhood street less than two blocks from her Springfield home as she walked back from her best friend's house.…