US economic growth slowed to 2.3 percent pace in Q1


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed to a moderate 2.3 percent annual growth rate in the first quarter as consumer spending turned in the weakest performance in nearly five years. Still, the January-March increase came in better than expected, supporting hopes for a solid rebound for the rest of the year.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Mayor: Evacuation order lifted following refinery blast


An evacuation order was lifted early Friday in northwest Wisconsin where a refinery plant explosion injured at least 11 people and sent billowing plumes of black smoke into the air.


  • Written by By AMY FORLITI and JEFF BAENEN , Associated Press

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food.

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  • Written by By MIKE STOBBE , AP Medical Writer