Officer in school beating probe was fired as deputy in 2003

A Baltimore public school police officer under investigation for a video showing him slapping and kicking a teenager at a school was fired from the city sheriff's department in 2003 for his role in an incident in which a stun gun was used on a man mistaken for a bank robber.

  • Written by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant's emissions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An environmental group's lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company's Baton Rouge chemical plant.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

US adds a strong 242,000 jobs; rate holds at low 4.9 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 242,000 workers in February as retailers, restaurants and health care providers drove another solid month for the resilient American job market. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.9 percent.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Rare Death Valley "super bloom" carpets desert with color

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rare "super bloom" of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature's paint brush.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press