Pentagon spending divides GOP deficit, defense hawks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates agree that Islamic extremists are running rampant, the Mideast is on fire and Russia, China and Iran are flexing their muscles, yet they are far from reaching consensus on how much is enough when it comes to spending on defense.

  • Written by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

Mormon LGBT policy change triggers widespread backlash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new Mormon church policy targeting gay members and their children has triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.

  • Written by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

Stocks continue November skid as prices of oil, metals fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday, weighed down by weakness in mining and energy companies as commodities prices fall. Metals including gold and copper slipped to their lowest levels in six years, and oil reached a two-month low. Stocks are heading for their sixth drop in seven days.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Myanmar army extends hand as Suu Kyi's party nears majority

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's official vote count inched closer Thursday to confirming a parliamentary majority for Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, as the military establishment that has been her nemesis for decades appeared ready to toss in the towel.

  • Written by GRANT PECK, Associated Press ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press