How Obama action could affect retirement advice from brokers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of a Washington dispute over investment advice, the Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts. The change would put brokers — who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments — under the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

States seek alternatives for highway, bridge funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads.

  • Written by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press MITCH WEISS, Associated Press

Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Top US, Iranian nuke officials joining Iran talks

GENEVA (AP) — Top nuclear officials of Iran and the United States joined seven-nation talks Saturday in a move that may help resolve technical disputes standing it the way of a deal meant to curb Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

  • Written by GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press