National

Florida to pass New York State's population 


(AP) — Sometime this year, Florida will surpass New York in population, becoming the nation's third-most populous state, and sun-seeking seniors are not driving the growth.

Adding a baby to new health law plans not easy 


(AP) — You were patient with the government's kooky website, and now you have your health insurance card. That's good, since your family is expecting a new baby.

Gloomy Americans foresee a downhill slide to 2050 


(AP) — Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you'll get some dreary visions.

Will surge of older workers take jobs from young?

(AP) — It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.

USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds 


(AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened the door Friday to commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist the weed killer 2,4-D, which is best known as an ingredient in the Vietnam War-era herbicide Agent Orange.

Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

(AP) — The Obama administration on Friday called on a Supreme Court justice to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Dec. auto sales falter; 2013 still best in 6 years 


(AP) — December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years.

GM US sales drop more than 6 percent in December

(AP) — General Motors says its December U.S. sales fell more than 6 percent, but the company still finished the year with a 7.3 percent increase.

Confusion, relief mark start of new health reforms

(AP) — The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

After year of stock records, a weak start to 2014

(AP) — Investors may already feel a little nostalgic for 2013.