HEALTHCARE_SIGNUPS

Health care signup deadline extended again

The administration is racing to sign up at least six million people in the new health insurance markets offering subsidized private coverage.…
Iraq War veteran and local Little League coach Matt Pater, 32, searches through debris following Saturday's destructive mudslide, near Oso Wash, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

Mudslide death toll rises to 16

The death toll of 14 from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field and rainy conditions complicate matters for searchers on the ground and in the air.…
James Brady, left, and Andrew Rossig, right, two parachutists who jumped from One World Trader Center in September 2013, are accompanied by attorney Timothy Parlatore to surrender to police, in New York,  Monday, March 24, 2014.  Monday's arrests come eight days after a 16-year-old was arrested on charges of climbing up to the top of the nation's biggest skyscraper. Police had no immediate information on Monday's arrests. They had said they were looking for two parachutists seen floating near the building Sept. 30. The defense attorneys say  three accused jumpers and an alleged accomplice on the ground are expecting to face felony burglary charges. The attorneys say the defendants are experienced BASE jumpers, the acronym stands for "building, span, antenna, earth." The lawyers say the men took care to keep from endangering anyone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

4 being charged in World Trade Center jump

The three daredevils and someone accused of being an accomplice were expecting to face felony burglary charges in a Sept. 30 leap from the building, where a teenage boy was arrested on March 16. …
This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore)

5 bodies found in Colorado plane crash wreckage

The wreckage will have to be brought to shore before the bodies can be removed because the plane is about 60 or 70 feet underwater and upside down in about 3 feet of silt,…
Daniel Bonventre, right, former director of operations for investments for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff, leaves federal court on Monday, March 24, 2014, in New York. Bonventre is among five former employees of Madoff convicted of fraud that enriched them and cheated investors out of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

5 Madoff ex-workers convicted in case’s first trial

The trial, one of the longest in the storied history of Manhattan federal court, was the first to result from the massive fraud revealed in December 2008 when Madoff ran out of money and was arrested. …
A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator," according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster)

Union: Chicago train operator ‘extremely tired’

The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday there are indications that the operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports, injuring 32 people. …
Oso Mudslide

Photos: Washington Mudslide

Searchers continue looking for survivors of a deadly mudslide in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.…
EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL AFTERMATH

Photos: Exxon Valdez oil spill 1989

25 years later - Exxon Valdez oil tanker tanker hit a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, spilling more than 10 million gallons of crude oil. …
A house is seen destroyed in the mud on Highway 530 next to mile marker 37 on Sunday, March 23, 2014, the day after a giant landslide occurred near mile marker 37 near Oso, Washington. At least six homes have been washed away, with three people reported dead so far and at least eighteen missing. The nearby Stillaguamish River has been dammed up by 15-20 feet of debris as a result, creating more flooding concerns, as reported by KING 5 via the state hydrologist. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson, Pool)

No ‘signs of life’ after huge Washington landslide

Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state.…
Lake Erie ice

Icy Lake Superior means slow shipping season start

This year's shipping season is getting off to a slow start due to record levels of ice on the Great Lakes, including ice that's five feet thick in some parts of the Duluth harbor.…
NCAA THE COOL BILLION

NCAA upsets crush perfect bracket hopes

Quicken Loans, which is sponsoring and insuring the Buffet contest, said on its Twitter feed that it wouldn't reveal the number of entrants to the challenge.…
FBI investigators leave the office of Rhode island House Speaker Gordon Fox at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., Friday, March 21, 2014. Rhode Island House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello says he has called an "informational caucus" for Friday evening for Democrats to talk about the future of the House. Mattiello tells The Associated Press that Friday's news that House Speaker Gordon Fox's statehouse office and home were raided by state and federal law enforcement is "unsettling." Mattiello says he wants to be the next speaker, and is aware that other House members, including Chris Blazejewski and Mike Marcello, are also interested in the top spot. Neither lawmaker returned messages. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Rhode Island House speaker targeted in probe

Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the Democratic House speaker's Statehouse office while state troopers stood outside.…
Credit-Cards

US appeals court upholds Fed’s cap on ‘swipe’ fees

A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions.…
FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, an outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. After enduring a severe winter that chilled business, Wal-Mart is trying to lure shoppers into its stores with the biggest weapon in its arsenal: a big sale. The world’s largest retailer is offering up to 50 percent on more than 60 outdoor items such as lawn mowers and bags of mulch, starting Friday, March 21, 2014, and ending the following Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Wal-Mart’s new tool gives competitors prices

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors.…