Panel to advance budget plan despite conservative rebellion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee on Wednesday pressed ahead with a 10-year spending plan that promises sweeping cuts to health care programs and federal agencies even as a tea party rebellion threatens to derail the measure later on.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Fed keeps key interest rate unchanged, cites global threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy. The Fed left open ended the timing of future rate hikes.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Clinton sweeps Ohio, Florida; Trump, Kasich split; Rubio out

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton triumphed Tuesday in the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Illinois presidential primaries, putting her in a commanding position to become the first woman in U.S. history to win a major-party nomination. Donald Trump strengthened his hand in the Republican race with a big win in Florida but fell in Ohio to that state's governor, John Kasich.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

North Korea sentences US tourist to 15 years in prison

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion on Wednesday, weeks after authorities presented him to media and he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

  • Written by JON CHOL JIN, Associated Press ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press