Poll: Americans more upbeat about own finances than economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, Associated Press EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

House to vote on scaled-back Zika bill despite veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are ignoring protests from Democrats and a White House veto threat as they speed legislation funding the battle against the Zika virus toward a vote this week.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Expect virtual reality, artificial intelligence from Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to dive deeper into virtual reality and artificial intelligence Wednesday during an annual conference that serves as a launching pad for its latest products and innovations.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock early Wednesday rattled Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating earthquake hit a month ago, knocking out power and scaring still-traumatized residents as they slept but only limited damage was reported.

  • Written by GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press

Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico on Tuesday, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.

  • Written by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press PETER ORSI, Associated Press