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An index of leading economic indicators rose 0.1 percent in April, as it did in March, the Conference Board, a private group, said Monday. The data reflect a "weak economy but not one in recession," according to a Conference Board economist.

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal Monday by John Demjanjuk, an accused Nazi guard and retired Ohio autoworker who is fighting an immigration judge's order to deport him.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama scolded GOP critics Monday during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," saying they should "lay off" his wife. Obama called a video posted on YouTube by the Tennessee Republican Party a "low class" attempt to cast doubts about Michelle Obama's patriotism.

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Hazardous material specialists worked Sunday to clean up as much as 10,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid, spilled during a train derailment in Lafayette, La. The resulting toxic cloud caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Five people were treated at a hospital for exposure to the fumes.

Softwaremaker Microsoft Corp., which withdrew its takeover bid to buy Yahoo Inc. May 3, disclosed Sunday that it has entered discussions with Yahoo about bolstering the companies' position in the online search and advertising markets. The "value maximizing" talks were called exploratory.

The Internet only modestly influences consumer purchases, according to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Offline recommendations of friends and salespeople are generally more central in buying decisions.

Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade shed tears of joy Sunday while attending the dedication of the Temple of Praise church in Chicago that he bought to serve his mother's Baptist congregation. Jolinda Wade, who had once spent time in prison for using and selling drugs, turned her life around seven years ago when she started her first ministry behind bars.

The University of Washington awarded honorary degrees Sunday to some 450 Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. The degrees were presented to at least 65 surviving former students and 110 relatives, representing others who had died or were unable to attend.

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