Transcript of Obama's speech on the economy

Here is a transcript, provided by the White House, on the speech on Wednesday in at Knox College in Galesburg by President Obama.

House takes up far-reaching anti-abortion bill

JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

Oklahoma twisters May 2013

Images from the Associated Press of the severe weather damage in Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Bangladesh collapse survivor rescued after 17 days

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A seamstress buried for 17 days in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building in Bangladesh was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against the unimaginable horror of the more than 1,000 bodies recovered so far.

Blue Cross merger plan clears state hurdle

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A proposed merger between the nation's fourth-largest health insurer and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is now in the hands of a former state Supreme Court justice.

Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

Editor's note: Here's a series of graphics from The Associated Press explaining and exploring the law's changes. 

Enthusiast Tilda Swinton: Everyone at Ebertfest cut from same cloth

With the movie “Julia,” director Erik Zonca and lead actress Tilda Swinton wanted to make a film about an alcoholic who’s interesting.

“Like the ones I know,” Swinton said after the 2008 movie was shown on Friday night at the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.

Sheriff: 5 snowboarders killed in Colorado avalanche

GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Five snowboarders were killed Saturday afternoon in a backcountry avalanche on Colorado's Loveland Pass, authorities said.

Across America, a week of chaos, horror -- and hope


Boy Scouts propose to lift gay ban for youth

DAVID CRARY,AP National Writer