Stocks move higher, led by health care and tech companies

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are climbing in afternoon trading Friday as investors respond to encouraging corporate news and dealmaking. The gains were broad. Nine of the 10 sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index rose, led by health care and technology companies.

  • Written by BERNARD CONDON, The Associated Press

Jury selection begins in Peterson murder-for-hire trial

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection started Friday in the murder-for-hire trial of Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer accused of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars in his third wife's death.

  • Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

US says Iraqi forces have retaken western town of Rutba

TAJI, Iraq (AP) — The top American general for the Middle East said Friday he is confident that Iraq is on course to defeating the Islamic State, but his words were spare and cautious, his tone notably muted.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Man charged with killing 6 in Michigan ejected from court

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man charged with killing six people during a night of random shootings in Michigan was dragged out of court Friday after bizarre outbursts during testimony by a woman who survived the rampage.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS