Retailers report modest gains for May

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the job market and overall economy, stores across the country had…

Ottumwa shelter for homeless men closing

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The men’s shelter in Ottumwa will be closing after more than 10 years of operation. The Ottumwa Courier reports (http:/…

US stocks edge higher in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices are moving slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street after the government reported an encouraging drop in…

Comic novelist Tom Sharpe dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — British novelist Tom Sharpe, who satirized everything from apartheid to academe in a series of best-sellers, has died at 85. S…

Andrea bears down on Fla. coast

The first named storm of the Atlantic season pelted Florida’s Gulf Coast with rain and wind Thursday as it edged toward the coast of Georgia…

Car bombs kill 14 in Iraq, officials say

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two car bomb explosions in Baghdad have killed at least six people and wounded more than two dozen. A pol…

Futures rebound as jobs numbers roll out

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. futures are rising ahead of a weekly jobs report that could determine whether the Dow index has its first three-day los…