Fed official says 1 rate increase might be needed this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve official who has been a leading supporter of a slow approach to raising interest rates said Wednesday that one rate increase "could be appropriate" this year.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Penalties possible for campers in massive Big Sur blaze

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As officials ask for the public's help in finding the people who started an illegal campfire that grew into a massive wildfire north of Big Sur, authorities are considering what penalties the campers could face once they are found.

  • Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER

Union: Vermont slow to improve workplace safety

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A year after a Vermont social worker was shot and killed outside a state office building, the state says it's making security enhancements to buildings, but the employees' union says Vermont hasn't moved quickly enough to protect workers from violence.

  • Written by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

American woman killed, 5 hurt in London knife attack

LONDON (AP) — A Norwegian teenager of Somali origin is suspected of going on a knife rampage through London's tourist hub of Russell Square, killing an American woman and injuring five other people, police said Thursday.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Storms return to Southwest, but less intense than earlier

PHOENIX (AP) — Storms hit areas of the Southwest again on Wednesday, but with less intensity than a day earlier when monsoon rains swamped the desert region, stranding drivers, flooding streets and prompting water rescues.

  • Written by TERRY TANG, Associated Press PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press