Top US diplomat to meet with Venezuela officials amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat was in Venezuela on Tuesday to meet with officials to jumpstart dialogue between the normally hostile governments as the socialist-run nation is torn apart by daily food protests and a campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Written by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Tribes hail shield's halted sale; collectors ask what's next

PUEBLO OF ACOMA, N.M. (AP) — The laws of a rural New Mexico Native American tribe require that the ceremonial shield stay within the boundaries of its reservation, which covers miles of mountains and rolling desert. And for generations, the sacred object did just that, remaining safely in a home atop a mesa.

  • Written by MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press

Trump's campaign spends $6 million with Trump companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is one of the wealthiest people to ever run for president, but his campaign appears to be flat broke. What's more, fundraising reports show he's used about $6 million in campaign money to pay his own companies and family members.

  • Written by JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press CHAD DAY, Associated Press

Slight easing of heat wave on California fire lines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters worked to make gains against Southern California wildfires as an intense heat wave eased slightly Tuesday, but officials warned nearby communities to stay alert and obey any evacuation orders.

  • Written by JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

Yellen says uncertainties justify cautious approach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer