2 new Senate Democrats sworn in, narrow GOP's majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party's legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Written by By KEVIN FREKING and KIMBERLY CHANDLER , Associated Press

Winter storm scatters sleet, ice and misery around the South


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy north Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, adding to the misery of a bitter cold snap as bridges iced over and cars spun out on slickened overpasses.

  • Written by By RUSS BYNUM , Associated Press

Dry spell raises fears of drought's return in California


PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it.


Auto interest rates on the rise for those with poor credit


DETROIT (AP) — Car salesmen call it "the payment walk," when a customer wants a new vehicle but is walked instead to the used lot because they can't qualify for a new-car loan.

  • Written by By TOM KRISHER , AP Auto Writer

Ex-hostage Boyle charged with sex assault, confinement


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife and their children endured a long captivity in Afghanistan before they were rescued last fall and returned to Canada. Now he's facing 15 charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug.


  • Written by By TRACEY LINDEMAN and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press