Federal regulators propose restrictions on payday lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into "debt traps" for many.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

5 decades after China's Cultural Revolution, a few say sorry

BEIJING (AP) — As a teenager, Wang Keming felt nothing but contempt for the older peasant his village singled out for collective persecution in 1970. Stirred by Mao Zedong's radical ideology and inured to the rampant violence of China's Cultural Revolution, he beat the man bloody and saw nothing wrong with it.

  • Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press

B-52s, Jennifer Hudson, Marcus Mumford to honor songwriters

NEW YORK (AP) — Presentations and performances from the B-52s, Jennifer Hudson, Marcus Mumford and Sister Sledge will be featured at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner in New York City on June 9.


Obama to address Air Force grads amid uncertainty on US role

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama is giving his final commencement speech to U.S. Air Force Academy graduates who are coming of age at a time of fresh global threats that seem to be pulling the U.S. back into conflicts with uncertain ends.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press