US tells allies to do more to pressure Islamic State group

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday urged coalition partners to step up efforts to defeat Islamic State militants as top officials from 68 nations gathered in Washington to assess the fight to retake Iraq's second largest city and advance on the extremists' self-declared Syrian capital.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE , AP Diplomatic Writer

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A personal injury attorney representing dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER , Associated Press

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs.

  • Written by DENISE LAVOIE , AP Legal Affairs Writer

Sears has "substantial doubt" about its future

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and MICHELLE CHAPMAN , AP Business Writers