US stocks rise as Fed emphasizes slow interest rate pace

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in afternoon trading Tuesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank still expects interest rates in the U.S. to rise gradually. Big names including Apple and Microsoft are leading tech stocks higher, while energy companies are falling along with the price of oil.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Dallas man set to be executed in death of daughters, 9 and 6

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Enraged over his ex-wife going to police about his harassment and likely arrest, John David Battaglia used a May 2001 visit with their two young daughters to avenge his anger. As their mother helplessly listened on the phone to one of the girls' cries, he fatally shot them both at his Dallas apartment.

  • Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

NEW YORK (AP) — Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for "The Miracle Worker" and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.

  • Written by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

FTC sues VW over false 'Clean Diesel' advertising claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its "Clean Diesel" vehicles as environmentally friendly.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

North Carolina AG won't defend transgender law in court

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday he won't defend in court a new state law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from approving protections for LGBT people, calling it discriminatory and a "national embarrassment."

  • Written by GARY ROBERTSON, Associated Press