White House clears small, commercial drones for takeoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

US-led coalition says only 1/3 of Fallujah cleared of IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Only a third of Fallujah has been "cleared" of Islamic State militants, the U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday, days after the Iraqi government declared victory in the city west of Baghdad, which was held by the extremists for more than two years.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Republican senator seeks bipartisan support for gun deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Republican senator was seeking broad support Tuesday for a compromise to block guns from suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along partisan lines to derail each party's more sweeping proposals.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Attorney general tells Orlando's gays: 'We stand with you'

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited with relatives of victims in the Orlando massacre, told the gay community "we stand with you" and was briefed by law enforcement officials still trying to determine why the gunman targeted a popular gay nightclub.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

End of California nuclear era: Last plant to close by 2025

California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press