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Obama signs $12.3 billion water projects bill

(AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill that finances improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota. The legislation was the result of a rare instance of bipartisan work in the divided Congress.

S&P 500 ekes out another record high

(AP) — The stock market has crept to another record high after U.S. companies announced another handful of deals.

Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

(AP) — Aiming to alleviate the burden of student loan debt, President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their income every month, and threw his support behind more sweeping Senate legislation targeting the issue.

Healthy seniors tested in bid to block Alzheimer's 


(AP) — In one of the most ambitious attempts yet to thwart Alzheimer's disease, a major study got underway Monday to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they're at risk.

Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits 


(AP) — More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doctor, according to the audit.

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

(AP) — Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees.

NY judge to hear suits alleging GM cars lost value

(AP) — Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.

Tyson wins bidding war to gobble up Hillshire

(AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war to gobble up Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.

Survey: Growth to pick up, hiring steady

(AP) — U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated.

High court rules on scope of bankruptcy authority

(AP) — The Supreme Court says bankruptcy courts have limited authority to rule on disputes outside the traditional bankruptcy process.