UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the international community to renew its commitment to eliminate weapons of mass destruction as technological advances make it cheaper and easier for terrorist groups to produce and deliver materials for making the weapons.

  • Written by DAVE BRYAN, Associated Press

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

CHICAGO (AP) — There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence.

A former partner repeatedly beat her, she says.

  • Written by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

White House says feds doing their part in flood response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than 10 percent for some fire engine drivers, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press.

  • Written by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press