Official: Truck slams into bicyclists in Michigan, killing 5

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police fielded complaints that a pickup truck was being driven erratically just minutes before the vehicle slammed into a group of bicyclists in western Michigan, killing five, authorities said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Congress sends Obama bill to regulate toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping 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

A look at chronic absenteeism across America

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is out with discouraging new figures on how many students are habitually missing school — and an AP analysis finds the problem is particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly a third of students in the nation's capital were absent 15 days or more in a single school year.

  • Written by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press

Defendant in church shootings faces November federal trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The federal death penalty trial of a white man charged with shooting and killing nine black parishioners during a Bible study at their Charleston church will be held in November, a judge announced Tuesday.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press