Senate vote sets up tricky talks ahead on anti-Zika bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved its $1.1 billion plan to combat the Zika virus, setting the stage for difficult negotiations with House Republicans over how much money to devote to fighting the virus and whether to cut Ebola funding to help pay for it.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Veteran '60 Minutes' newsman Morley Safer dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Morley Safer, the veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, and who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war, died Thursday, according to Kevin Tedesco, a CBS News publicist.

  • Written by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

Mine environmental risk grows with bankruptcies in big coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it's increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters.

  • Written by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press

Oklahoma lawmakers OK bill criminalizing performing abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have moved to effectively ban abortion in their state by making it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure, an effort the bill's sponsor said Thursday is aimed at ultimately overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

Poll: Two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, The Associated Press EMILY SWANSON, The Associated Press