Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.

  • Written by By JIM GOMEZ , Associated Press

US pending home sales slip for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed fewer contracts to buy homes in May, the third straight monthly decline and evidence that a shortage of homes for sale has suppressed home-buying.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in 'terrorist attack'

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power.

  • Written by By JOSHUA GOODMAN , Associated Press

US to seek more security on international flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports.

  • Written by By ALICIA A. CALDWELL , Associated Press

Missouri man cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals for a conviction of a 1997 sexual assault of a teenage girl has been cleared of the crime after retesting of genetic evidence excluded him as a suspect.