Venezuela plunged into turmoil as top court muzzles congress

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans have been thrust into a new round of political turbulence after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign governments and sparking protests in the capital.

  • Written by JORGE RUEDA and JOSHUA GOODMAN , Associated Press

Callers reported a swerving pickup before deadly bus crash

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in two Texas counties said they received phone calls about a pickup driving erratically shortly before a head-on collision between a truck and church bus in southwest Texas that killed 13 people returning from a retreat.

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER and JIM VERTUNO , Associated Press

US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months, while the 12-month rise in consumer prices was the largest in nearly five years.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy. 

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press