Babies behind bars: Moms do time with their newborns

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Jennifer Dumas sits on a sofa, her smiling 6-month-old girl on her lap. The room is full of bright toys and children's books. A rainbow-colored activity mat is on the floor, and Winnie the Pooh is painted on the walls.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Suspect in Charleston church shooting faces highest penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Mount Vernon exhibit looks at Washington as slaveholder

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — It is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press