House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The reason: Both parties have an election-year incentive to show they're tackling a problem that's killing people in America's biggest cities and smallest towns.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Brazil's suspended leader vows fight as fill-in urges unity

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The new acting president is calling for unity in Brazil, while the leader just suspended by the Senate is vowing to fight what she calls a coup, underscoring the deep political polarization in Latin America's most populous nation.

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

China, US generals to work out mechanism for South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — Seeking to calm escalating tensions in the South China Sea, top generals from China and the U.S. spoke by phone and said they were ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the region.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

'Folks back home' have varying views on N. Carolina LGBT law

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — In defending a law limiting protections for LGBT people, North Carolina's powerful Republican Senate leader recently said that "folks back home" couldn't understand the outcry that's included loud demonstrations, and dozens of arrests, over the law.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press

Head of anti-fakes group closely tied to Alibaba, owns stock

SHANGHAI (AP) — When an influential anti-counterfeiting group allowed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to join its ranks in April, the group said it was a collaborative move that would help stem the sale of fake goods for top companies such as Apple, Nike and Procter & Gamble.

  • Written by ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press