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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are finishing up another day of declines, with technology stocks dropping for a second day in a row. Investors are continuing to flee Internet and biotechnology companies. And weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase have been dragging bank stocks lower.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may be looking to avoid an election-year confirmation battle in the Senate, with his choice of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over as secretary of Health and Human Services. He points out that she was confirmed without a negative vote last year to be budget director. She's now being nominated to succeed Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs), who is stepping down after overseeing the troubled rollout of the new health care law.

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A university recruiter has been identified as one of the 10 people who died in a fiery crash that occurred yesterday when a FedEx tractor trailer crossed a freeway median and slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California. Five of the students are believed to be among the dead. Investigators say they will need dental records and possibly DNA to complete the identifications.

DETROIT (AP) — A motorist who was beaten by a mob when he stopped to help a Detroit child struck by his pickup truck is speaking with family members at a hospital. Mandi Emerick says doctors took her father off a ventilator yesterday and that Steve Utash is able to talk to his children and others. She says he often still is incoherent. Four adults are charged with assault and attempted murder in the April 2nd attack. A 16-year-old boy faces a hearing Saturday on assault and ethnic intimidation charges. The motorist is white; the attackers were black.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally setting up Internet access on the island has suspended his hunger strike after more than a week. Alan Gross had said he was fasting to protest his treatment by the U.S. and Cuban governments. In a statement released through his lawyer he said he suspended his fast today. Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working in the Communist-run country to set up Internet access.

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