Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Bus overturns: 1 seriously hurt, dozens of minor injuries

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A charter bus carrying college students to three Virginia campuses overturned, leaving one person seriously injured and 35 others aboard with minor injuries near the close of the holiday weekend.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOP's strong words on Muslims incur little political cost

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press ADAM GELLER, Associated Press

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal.

  • Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press