Gen. David Patraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, recommended to the Senate Tuesday that troop withdrawals be halted after July for 45 days to assess the security situation before further drawdowns.

In a landmark compromise, four Northwest Indian tribes have agreed to drop lawsuits against the federal government after the government promised to spend $900 million over the next decade to improve conditions for endangered salmon in the Columbia River Basin.

The Energy Department said Tuesday it expects retail gasoline prices to peak near $3.60 a gallon in June.

New Jersey became only the third state, after California and Washington, to require companies to offer six weeks of paid leave to workers who choose to take time off to care for a newborn or an ailing relative.

State lawmakers rejected New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers tolls of $8 (cars) and $21 (trucks) for entering Manhattan during peak business hours.

The University of Kansas men's basketball team won the national championship Monday in San Antonio by erasing a nine-point deficit with 2:12 remaining, forcing overtime with a 3-point basket at the buzzer, and finally beating Memphis in overtime, 75-68. Above, Kansas players celebrated the school's third NCAA title.

An unidentified 11-year-old Cleveland boy steered a runaway school bus, whose driver stepped away at a gas station, into a bridge pillar, halting the vehicle as it gathered speed after rolling 300 feet. Only minor injuries were reported.

Illinois joined Maryland and New Jersey in passing a bill to award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote. The measure is conditional on getting enough other states on board to guarantee election.

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