Court rules GM shielded from death claims before bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can't use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don'ts runs to several dozen items.

  • Written by JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

Chicago not releasing video of officer-involved shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting and didn't even show it to aldermen Wednesday before they approved a $5 million settlement with the family.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Search area for Flight 370 to be doubled if plane not found

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is located.

  • Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press

USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press