In this Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, the General Motors logo is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect, the company said Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The company also will offer a $500 cash allowance to owners who want to buy or lease a new GM vehicle. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GM slow to act on recalls, House documents show

One of the documents is an email showing that General Motors CEO Mary Barra was made aware of power steering problems with the Saturn Ion in October of 2011, when she was head of product development.…
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Historical documents sell for $1.3M at NYC auction

A sale of hundreds of historical documents collected by a New York-based archivist has fetched than $1.3 million, including a $257,000 winning bid for one of the earliest Boston newspaper printings of the Declaration of Independence.…
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Family Dollar to close stores

Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under-performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also lower prices on about 1,000 basic items.…
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Police seek motive of school stabbing rampage

Police search for a motive as students and teachers are being hailed as heroes for stopping a Pittsburgh-area high school student who went on a rampage with a knife Wednesday morning.…
An Orange County Sheriff's deputy, left, escorts a mother and her child across a street after a vehicle crashed into a day care center, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Winter Park, Fla. At least 15 people were injured, including children. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

1 child dead, 14 hurt in Florida day care crash

A Toyota Solara convertible went out of control after it was struck by a Dodge Durango, jumped a curb and smashed into the day care, breaking through the wall and into the building.…
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Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, but half of them won't survive, an especially acute problem at overtaxed shelters forced to euthanize the millions they receive. …
FILE - In this July 9, 2009 file photo Dr. Craig Rowles stands with hogs in one of his Carroll, Iowa, hog buildings. The farmer and longtime veterinarian did all he could to prevent porcine epidemic diarrhea from spreading to his farm, but despite his best efforts the deadly diarrhea attacked in November 2013, killing 13,000 animals in a matter of weeks. PED, a virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.…
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Photos: UConn defeats Kentucky

Photos from the UConn victory over Kentucky in the men's basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. …
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Arkansas AG asks court to reconsider drug ruling

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson. …
In this March, 6, 2014 file photo Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left, listens while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right, looks on during a panel discussion about the issues facing the nation's big cities at the University of Chicago, in Chicago. Emanuel, the hard-charging mayor is intent on fixing what ails the nation’s third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process. The man once nicknamed “Rahmbo” for his fierce political maneuvering, last week announced an agreement with several unions to help bail out the nation’s worst-funded city pension systems, a festering problem inherited from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. Emanuel said the deal, which would slice Chicago’s nearly $20 billion shortfall in half by cutting benefits and raising property taxes, would keep the funds from insolvency and avoid massive cuts in services and a record tax hike. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty,File)

Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor

Emanuel last week announced his first concrete proposal to bail out the city's drastically underfunded employee retirement systems, a festering problem inherited from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley.…