National

A look at the college tuition perks at Starbucks, McDonald's

(AP) — Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, instead of just two years. Last week, McDonald's Corp. also announced it was expanding a college tuition assistance program to workers at all its U.S. stores.

US job openings surge, yet employers slow to hire

(AP) — U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

US stock indexes gain in quiet trading; oil price surges

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher, led by gains in energy shares as the price of crude oil surges.

Study: Brain scans may identify concussion-related disease 


(AP) — A brain-scanning technique might one day help identify people with a disease linked to concussions in football and other sports, an illness now diagnosed only after death, a small study suggests.

Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor 


(AP) — American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba's presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats' freedom to travel and talk to ordinary Cubans without restriction, officials say.

Medicare bill helps doctors and kids, but deficit foes cool 


(AP) — Republicans say bipartisan legislation reworking how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing the huge, growing benefit program.

Dean: Rolling Stone story rife with bad journalism 


(AP) — Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll says Rolling Stone magazine's expose of what it called a culture of sex assaults at the University of Virginia was rife with bad journalistic practice.

Canadians make 2,000-mile trip for Kentucky Fried Chicken

(AP) — Two thousand miles might seem like a long way to go for fried chicken.

'RightThisMinute' provides viewers quick hits from the web

(AP) — "RightThisMinute" wants to save you time — the minutes and hours you might spend trolling the Internet for interesting new videos in a search you could never hope to get ahead of.

High court rejects appeal from subcontractor freed from Cuba

(AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a former government subcontractor seeking to sue the U.S. government for negligence over his five-year imprisonment in Cuba.