Parents of a polygamist sect in Eldorado, Texas, complained after Monday's first day of child-custody hearings that the court had given them no clear answer to what they must do to get their children back from the state. More than 460 children from a ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were put in foster care after an April 3 raid on the compound. The hearings could last three weeks.

Passenger satisfaction with airline service fell for the third straight year, to its lowest level since 2001, according to an annual customer survey released Tuesday by the University of Michigan. Southwest Airlines was top-ranked for the 15th consecutive year.

Law enforcement officials looking to relieve overcrowded conditions in California's prison system began Tuesday to review a proposed solution submitted by a three-judge federal panel. The plan calls for alternatives to regular incarceration, such as electronic monitoring, in order to avoid the early release of tens of thousand of prisoners.

The Crow Nation made Democrat Barack Obama, the first presidential candidate to visit the native American tribe in Montana, an honorary member Monday as he campaigned ahead of the state's June 3 primary. He promised a proactive policy to help tribal people if elected.

The retail price of a gallon of regular gasoline reached a record $3.79 Monday, according to a survey by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. In scattered locations, including in California, Alaska, and Connecticut, Americans are already paying $4 a gallon.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a ruling Tuesday that could force the US to redesign money to make it easier to handle for blind people. Different size bills, oversized numbers, and raised markings are among the possible changes.

Nearly 11,000 schools, or about 10 percent of all public K-12 schools, have missed state-set progress goals and are counting on corrective steps to make necessary No Child Left Behind gains during the next five years, the nonpartisan Center on Education Policy said in a report released Tuesday.

Boston pitcher Jon Lester became the first Red Sox southpaw since 1956 to toss a no-hitter, and did so Monday by hurling his first complete big-league game in a 7-0 shutout of the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Lester pitched the World Series clincher last fall, a milestone in a comeback from cancer treatments.

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