US turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russia, accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election and suggesting that Russia's military is committing war crimes in Syria.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Private Clinton speeches leaked in hacking blamed on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton told bankers behind closed doors that she favored "open trade and open borders" and said Wall Street executives were best-positioned to help reform the U.S. financial sector, according to transcripts of her private, paid speeches leaked Friday.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press CHAD DAY, Associated Press JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press

Solid hiring, better pay draw more Americans into job hunt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drawn by steady hiring and slightly higher pay, more Americans began looking for work in September, a sign of renewed optimism about the U.S. job market.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

AP Exclusive: Job hunt substantial part of Bayh's last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evan Bayh spent substantial time during his last year in the Senate searching for a job in the private sector, even as he cast votes on issues of interest to his future corporate bosses, according to the former Indiana lawmaker's 2010 schedule, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent