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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.

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal Monday by John Demjanjuk, an accused Nazi guard and retired Ohio autoworker who is fighting an immigration judge's order to deport him.

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.

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