Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Deficit-slashing plan advances through House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House panel on Wednesday approved a GOP plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit without tax increases demanded by Democrats, relying on sharp cuts to federal health care programs, government aid to the poor, and hundreds of domestic programs supported by lawmakers in both parties.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Survey: More acceptance of social changes _ except divorce

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are more accepting of gay relationships and couples living together before marriage — but they've grown less comfortable with divorce, a new survey shows.

  • Written by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Cranking up pressure, Dems ready to bring Garland to Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a name, face and judicial record finally fleshed out, President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy is ready to commence courtesy calls with senators that Democrats hope will ultimately put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama nominee.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Texas officer who killed teen arrested on murder charge

ADDISON, Texas (AP) — An off-duty suburban Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old and wounded another juvenile was arrested Wednesday on charges of murder and aggravated assault, authorities said, while a funeral service for the teen was underway.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS