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.


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

CAN THEY DO THAT? Great wall of Trump faces great hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump promises to build a great wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it, but it will be a difficult pledge to fulfill.

Can he do it?

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press