Long winter brings salt shortage, steeper prices

(AP) — As piles of snow grow taller during this seemingly endless winter, the mounds of salt for spreading on the nation's icy, slushy roads are shrinking, forcing communities to ration supplies or try exotic new ice-melting substances.

US stocks recover modestly from big drop

The U.S. stock market is ending higher a day after suffering its biggest loss in more than seven months.

Health care law will mean fewer people on the job

(AP) — Several million American workers will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Microsoft names cloud computing chief as next CEO

(AP) — Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

After tough January, stock extend slide 

For investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

Former Fed Chairman Bernanke joining Brookings 

(AP) — Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last week after eight momentous years as chairman of the Federal Reserve, is joining the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

Lew urges quick action to raise debt ceiling

(AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he will start using emergency measures after Feb. 7 to avoid a first-ever default on the national debt. He says he expects to exhaust those measures quickly.

December US construction spending up 0.1 percent 

(AP) — U.S. construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains a month earlier.

US factories expanded at much slower pace in Jan. 

(AP) — U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as factories cut back sharply on production, and new orders plunged.

Report: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973 

(AP) — The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.