AP EXPLAINS: Why do Republicans say sky is falling? Is it?

The United States depicted at the Republican National Convention is a scary place. It is wrenched by economic uncertainty, social upheaval, political dysfunction, runaway immigration, violent streets and existential threats from abroad. Republicans want voters to see the need for drastic change. The nation's only choice, they say, is Donald Trump.

  • Written by BILL BARROW, Associated Press

Lawsuits: VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.

  • Written by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press

Defense, foreign ministers to plan next steps against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations are gathering in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the Islamic State and to determine what more they can do as the fights for key cities in Iraq and Syria move forward.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

No exit: Safety failures turned Baghdad bombing into inferno

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.

  • Written by HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press