Hotter days bring bigger wildfire challenges to West

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire that for days has threatened hundreds of homes and popular seaside campgrounds near Santa Barbara was half-surrounded and held in check, though firefighters were about to face the hottest day yet and the kind of dry, torrid conditions prevailing from the West Coast all the way to New Mexico.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Decade after housing peaked: Owners richer, renters hurting

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) — It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

Taliban suicide bombing kills 14 Nepalese guards in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 Nepalese security guards in an attack Monday on their minibus in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry and an Afghan security official said.

  • Written by RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press

Iran TV says authorities disrupted 'biggest terrorist plot'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian intelligence officials have broken up "the biggest terrorist plot" ever planned to target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country's state television reported on Monday.

  • Written by AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press

Pound surges amid apparent support for UK to remain in EU

LONDON (AP) — The pound and global stock markets surged Monday as both opinion polls and betting markets suggested an increase in support for Britain to remain in the European Union in the final crunch week of the vote.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press