Houston mother charged in deaths of son, 7, and daughter, 5

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston mother who calmly told an acquaintance that she had killed her two children and hid their bodies underneath a neighbor's home drowned them in a bathtub by forcibly holding their heads underwater, authorities said Monday.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

SC regulators warn against eating bass from 2 upstate lakes

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — People should only eat limited amounts of bass from two upstate lakes because of mercury found in the tissue of those species, state regulators cautioned Monday in their annual fish consumption advisory.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

US stocks rebound as mining and energy companies rise

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Monday in a continuation of their see-saw pattern of recent days. Chemical and mining companies are making the largest gains and energy companies are climbing with the price of oil.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Fire roars into California town, wiping out 100-plus homes

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire roared through a Northern California town threatened by a devastating blaze a year ago, wiping out more than 100 homes and businesses and forcing thousands of people to flee, authorities said Monday.

  • Written by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press