US stocks surge with tech stocks taking the lead

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are jumping Tuesday afternoon as technology companies like Apple and Microsoft make big gains. Rising interest rates are giving bank stocks a lift. European indexes also climbed.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews — a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.

  • Written by MEGAN TRIMBLE, Associated Press

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press