River closed at New Orleans after barge spills oil

In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, 47 miles west of New Orleans. (AP...

High court won’t block Va. capital murder retrial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not block Virginia from retrying an accused drug dealer, whose earlier capital murder conviction was set aside because of misconduct by prosecutors. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal by Justin Wolfe, who said the...

Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The justices are...

Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

This photo taken Jan. 28, 2014, shows a Coast Guard officer following traffic on his screen while facing a dense fog which is almost completely eliminating visibility during a patrol off the San Diego coast in San Diego. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin...

AP PHOTOS: Teen shines on Paralympic hockey team

Brody Roybal, 15, prepares for an early morning workout on the ice on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Bensenville, Ill. Roybal, who was born without legs, is the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team which will be playing in Sochi, Russia in March 2014. (AP...

2 siblings die from Ind. fire injuries; 6 total

FILE – The remains of a house at 287 N Olney St. where there was a fatal fire early Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 is seen on the east side of Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. An Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman says two children have died after initially surviving a...

Much-needed rain, snow to hit parched California

FILE – This Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Leon Stout, of Orland, walks across a dry Black Butte Lake near Orland Buttes Recreation Area in Chico, Calif. Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms that could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout...

Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker uses a cell phone to illustrate a point about health care plans during a special session on jobs in America during the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Wisconsin Gov. Scott...

Faulty pipe led to NY mall carbon monoxide leak

Fire personnel respond to a possible case of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Legal Seafoods at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Police say a 55-year-old restaurant manager has died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals after being...

Rice says Russian move on Ukraine would be mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Susan Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that in Obama’s phone...