An index of leading economic indicators rose 0.1 percent in April, as it did in March, the Conference Board, a private group, said Monday. The data reflect a "weak economy but not one in recession," according to a Conference Board economist.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama scolded GOP critics Monday during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," saying they should "lay off" his wife. Obama called a video posted on YouTube by the Tennessee Republican Party a "low class" attempt to cast doubts about Michelle Obama's patriotism.
Hazardous material specialists worked Sunday to clean up as much as 10,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid, spilled during a train derailment in Lafayette, La. The resulting toxic cloud caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Five people were treated at a hospital for exposure to the fumes.