US cyber pros test skills in exercise meant to stop attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment a U.S. official pressed a computer key, dozens of security experts who gathered in an underground control room girded themselves for a cyberattack — a drill meant to thwart the kinds of intrusions that have recently crippled health networks and retail giants.

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

9 hurt as train derails, car plunges into California creek

SUNOL, Calif. (AP) — A commuter train struck a tree and derailed in storm-soaked Northern California, plunging its lead car into a rain-swollen creek and sending passengers scrambling in the dark to get out of the partially submerged car.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama's health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

Pre-paid card users, under scrutiny, find tax refunds frozen

PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of people have had their prepaid debit cards frozen when they try to direct their tax refund to their accounts, a result of financial industry efforts to combat an escalation in tax fraud.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writers SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writers

Early data suggests pedestrian deaths surged in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pedestrian deaths surged by an estimated 10 percent last year as the economy improved, the price of gas plunged and motorists put more miles behind the wheel than ever before, according to an analysis of preliminary state traffic fatality data.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press