Brazil's crisis deepens as judge blocks Silva's appointment

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's political crisis deepened as a judge blocked the appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor just moments after his tumultuous swearing-in ceremony held amid heated protests.

  • Written by MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press

Decision time for California governor's big water project

CLARKSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Atop a dirt levee his great-grandfather built in the 1800s to hold back California's mightiest river, Northern California farmer Russell van Loben Sels looks out over the site of a new water project, one that would be the state's most ambitious in a half-century.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writers SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press Writers

Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Deficit-slashing plan advances through House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House panel on Wednesday approved a GOP plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit without tax increases demanded by Democrats, relying on sharp cuts to federal health care programs, government aid to the poor, and hundreds of domestic programs supported by lawmakers in both parties.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press