Gabriella Ortiz, of New Orleans, pauses at a makeshift memorial in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, near the spot where former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed, and his wife wounded by gunfire, after a traffic accident last Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lawyer: Smith held no gun as he was shot in the back

Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot multiple times in the back after his killer deliberately rammed his Hummer into the NFL veteran’s Mercedes SUV, but Smith never pulled out his own handgun as he tried to protect his wife, the Smith family’s lawyer said Wednesday.

In this Oct. 28, 2014 photo, customers shop at the Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

US retail sales fall in March as Americans buy fewer cars

Americans have been more cautious about spending this year than most economists expected, despite steady job gains and lower gas prices. That’s a key reason why analysts now think the economy barely expanded in the first quarter.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. pauses while speaking to reporters at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, ruling himself out of the Republican presidential race once and for all. The statement comes after weeks of speculation that Ryan could emerge as the GOP nominee if there's a contested Republican convention.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

The Wisconsin Republican sought to tamp down rampant speculation that he could end up as the party’s standard-bearer if front-runner Donald Trump and the other candidates flame out at a contested convention.

FILE - In this  Jan. 14, 2010, file photo, honey bees work during the Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday, April 12, 2016, it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Ortho to drop chemicals linked to bee declines

The chemicals, called neonics for short, attack the central nervous systems of insects. Some advocates say neonics are one of several reasons behind declining populations of bees, which are major pollinators of food crops.

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Fatal police shooting video to be released after probe

Video of a struggle between an unarmed black man and the white Indianapolis officer who fatally shot him won’t be released until authorities have completed their investigation into last week’s shooting, a prosecutor said Monday.