US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months, while the 12-month rise in consumer prices was the largest in nearly five years.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy. 

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

  • Written by GARY D. ROBERTSON , Associated Press

Truck carrying mulch hits, kills 2 children near bus stop

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying 75,000 pounds of mulch struck and killed two children who ran into the road to meet their approaching school bus in Virginia on Thursday, state police said.