US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year


WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline follows strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.


  • Written by By WILL WEISSERT , Associated Press

Halt ordered on study of health threat from surface mines


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mining regulators have told the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to halt its study of the health risks for people living near Appalachian surface coal mines.

  • Written by By MICHAEL VIRTANEN , Associated Press

America's 16 years in Afghanistan: From triumph to stalemate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for "victory" in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.

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  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

Historians: Confederate emblem 'symbol of racial terror'


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Historians in Mississippi say the Confederate battle emblem is a "symbol of racial terror" that needs to be stripped from the state flag.

  • Written by By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS , Associated Press