EU threatens to put sanctions on Panama, other tax havens

BERLIN (AP) — A European Union official threatened Thursday to sanction Panama and other nations if they don't cooperate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the small country remains a key destination for people who want to hide money.

  • Written by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Kerry meets Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, discusses IS fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced stop in Baghdad on Friday to meet Iraq's prime minister and other top officials at a time of increased military momentum against the Islamic State but deep political uncertainty in the unstable country.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

'American Idol' crowns 15th and final winner as TV show ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first "American Idol" finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La'Porsha Renae for the crown.

  • Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn't want them

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.

  • Written by JUAN ZAMORANO, Associated Press JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press