Phoenix official backtracks after blaming voters for lines

PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Weiss stewed after waiting 2½ hours in line outside a downtown Phoenix polling place, where juice drinks, snacks and circus animal cookies were handed out by citizens hoping to pacify thousands who turned out to cast ballots in Arizona's presidential primary.

  • Written by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press

NATO breeds frustration, but is vital tool in IS fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's substantial support for NATO, both in money and military aid, has long been a source of frustration for U.S. leaders, and questioned by some as a throwback to the Cold War era.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Volkswagen set to provide update on fix for diesel vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for Volkswagen are expected to reveal where the company stands on a fix to bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance following an emissions cheating scandal.

  • Written by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

Cross-border tunnel extends length of 4 football fields

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday seized a cross-border tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California, following an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four arrests.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Stocks slip, led by energy and materials companies

Energy and mining companies led a modest decline for U.S. stocks in afternoon trading Wednesday as the prices of oil, metals and other commodities fell. Disappointing earnings from several companies, including Nike, also weighed on the market.

  • Written by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer