Carter: Nuke force changes are 'bearing fruit'

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who inherited a tangled web of problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps when he took over the Pentagon in 2015, says he sees reason to believe that a push for improvement is beginning to show results.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in combative debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump aggressively tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a "typical politician" incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

Colombia embarks on path to peace with historic accord

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — After a half-century of combat that spilled blood across this South American nation, Colombians have embarked on a new, but difficult path to settle their political differences with the signing of a historic peace accord between the government and leftist rebels.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press