Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited — neighboring power China — will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Business Writers ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writers

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS