Vermont man lost at sea was suspect in grandfather's killing

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued in the Atlantic after floating on a life raft for a week had been a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his grandfather, deepening the mystery surrounding his ordeal and the apparent death of his mother at sea.

  • Written by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

In 'Deepwater Horizon,' an ecological disaster's human toll

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else.

  • Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Consumer companies lead indexes higher; energy drops

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Tuesday and consumer stocks are making some of the biggest gains. Solid quarterly results from cruise line operator Carnival are giving travel-related companies a boost. Technology companies are also gaining. Energy companies are slipping with oil prices. A survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer