Consumer companies lead indexes higher; energy drops

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Tuesday and consumer stocks are making some of the biggest gains. Solid quarterly results from cruise line operator Carnival are giving travel-related companies a boost. Technology companies are also gaining. Energy companies are slipping with oil prices. A survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Carter: Nuke force changes are 'bearing fruit'

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who inherited a tangled web of problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps when he took over the Pentagon in 2015, says he sees reason to believe that a push for improvement is beginning to show results.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press