As some states curb high fines, Oklahoma's go even higher

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When riots erupted two years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, some of the tension in the black community was blamed on the city's use of court fines and fees that burdened many low-income people with debts they could not pay.

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

GOP faces choices on Zika, shutdown, impeaching IRS chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' Republican leaders face decisions on averting a federal shutdown, containing the Zika virus and impeaching the head of the IRS, with approaching elections pressuring the GOP to avoid doing anything that could damage its standing with voters.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on the country's public schools. The U.S. has record-high graduation rates, 82 percent, but also stubborn achievement gaps and dismally lagging math and reading scores compared with other countries. And university degrees are leaving millions mired in debt. Few issues touch the lives of families like the state of education.

  • Written by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

Showcasing Lao culture, Obama pushes back on US isolationism

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — President Barack Obama ventured Wednesday to a remote mountain town in Laos to tour a centuries-old Buddhist temple, gently chiding Americans to resist turning a blind eye to the world outside their borders.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press, JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Happy landings: 3 space station crew members back on Earth

After watching more than 2,750 sunrises from above the Earth, three crew members of the International Space Station returned to the planet for a sparkling sunrise back on Earth Wednesday.

  • Written by BY SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer