Obama pushes immigration bill
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are "resolvable" and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer.
In back-to-back interviews with Spanish-language television networks, Mr. Obama repeatedly voiced confidence in a bipartisan Senate group that appears to be on the cusp of unveiling a draft bill. And he said that while he is still prepared to step in with his own bill if talks break down, he doesn't expect that step to be necessary.
Though overhauling the nation's patchwork immigration laws is a top second term priority for the president, he has ceded the negotiations almost entirely to Congress. He and his advisers have calculated that a bill crafted by Capitol Hill stands a better chance of winning Republican support than one overtly influenced by the president.
DENVER -- Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty -- a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.
Prosecutors haven't said whether they would accept the offer, and victims and survivors of last summer's massacre were divided on what should be done.
Zuckerberg going political
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg is exploring the formation of a political advocacy group that would focus on topics such as immigration, the economy, education and scientific research funding, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Mr. Zuckerberg is considering establishing the group with others in the technology community, according to the person, who asked not to be identified.
Iran ordered to pay for dairy
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ordered Iran to pay $40.55 million for confiscating an American company's share in an Iranian dairy.
In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon awarded McKesson Corp. $29.3 million in damages and interest for expropriated equity and dividends -- and $11.2 million in attorney's fees and other costs. It's unclear whether Iran will pay.
FDA approves MS drug
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved a new drug from Biogen Idec to control multiple sclerosis in adults with hard-to-treat forms of the disease.
The twice-a-day capsules, called Tecfidera, offer a new option for multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease in which the body attacks its own nervous system. Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen Idec already sells two other drugs for the disease, but both require injections.
New conviction in old case
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A West Texas jury on Wednesday convicted a man for the murder of an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated.
Jurors in San Angelo found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of capital murder for the 1986 beating death of Christine Morton, who was attacked in her north Austin home. Prosecutors said Norwood beat and sexually assaulted the woman. He was sentenced to life in prison, but is eligible for parole after 15 years.
-- Compiled from news services