Pakistan's lawmakers toughen penalty for 'honor' killings

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Despite objections from religious hard-liners, lawmakers Thursday took the first significant move to curb mounting numbers of "honor" killings in Pakistan, stiffening the penalties and closing a loophole that allowed such killers to go free.

  • Written by KATHY GANNON, Associated Press

In turnaround, Bundy denies leading refuge occupiers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Under a brief, but rapid-fire cross-examination, Ammon Bundy denied leading the occupation of a national wildlife refuge and defended receiving a U.S. Small Business Administration loan.

  • Written by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Debate minefield: Town hall will test candidates' stagecraft

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush conspicuously checked his watch. Al Gore got too close for comfort. Mitt Romney strode across stage to confront President Barack Obama face to face.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

World finance leaders seek to address anti-trade backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance leaders are acknowledging they must do more to deal with a growing anti-trade backlash, which they fear could worsen already sluggish global growth prospects.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press

NSA contractor arrest highlights challenge of insider threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of a former National Security Agency contractor accused of stealing classified information represents the second known case since 2013 of a government contractor being publicly accused of removing secret data from the intelligence agency.

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press