Obama: No excuse for GOP not to vote on a court nominee

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that Republicans have no constitutional grounds to refuse to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, and he challenged his political foes in the Senate to rise above the "venom and rancor" that has paralyzed judicial nominations.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

As deaths rise, so do chances of total Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — As the Takata air bag saga drags on, concerns are growing that tens of millions of U.S. drivers with cars that haven't been recalled could be at risk of death or injury from the potentially defective devices.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

China foreign minister downplays missile deployment reports

BEIJING (AP) — China sought to downplay reports it had positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday accusing the media of hyping the issue and saying more attention should be paid to the "public goods and services" provided by China's development of its maritime claims.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

Iran snubs Doha proposal, won't freeze oil output

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran appeared Wednesday to back a plan laid out by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, though it offered no indication that it has any plans to follow suit itself.