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  • Young's foes: Grassley work proves insider claim

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democrats trying to pick up a Republican-held congressional seat in Iowa are seizing on disclosure records about the GOP candidate that they say gives heft to their charge he's a Washington insider. The records show Republican nominee David Young raised more...

  • Dems have money edge in key Minnesota races

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats enjoy campaign cash advantages in all races for statewide office as the party seeks to keep its current grip on state government power. The latest batch of fundraising reports was released Tuesday, two weeks ahead of a primary election that...

  • Govt fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities. A year-long investigation by...

  • Democrats, Republicans tout legislative candidates

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With the races for Maine's House and Senate finalized, both Republicans and Democrats said Tuesday that they feel good about their chances in November. Monday was the last day that parties could submit replacements for candidates that had dropped out since the...

  • Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the...

  • Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake: HOW DID ARGENTINA GET HERE? In 1998, Argentina fell into recession and faced crushing payments on its...

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant. Thick black...

  • Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war. The blaze engulfing oil depots started...

  • Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Aruba's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges....

  • Task force set up after plane shot down

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine. Top officials from four international organizations met in...

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