In a 1st, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile launch — likely the longest ever from North Korea — over the territory of a close U.S. ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.

  • Written by By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press

Russia tries to allay Western fears about planned war games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military sought Tuesday to allay Western fears about major war games set for next month, describing them as regular drills that will not threaten anyone.

  • Written by By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press

Trump traveling to Texas for briefings on Harvey recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting Harvey's fury, President Donald Trump is making an all-out push to show the federal government's responsiveness to the massive storm that has lashed the Texas coastwdc and caused catastrophic flooding.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

US home prices surge in June, led by Seattle

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed higher in June with gains that are eclipsing income growth — creating affordability pressures for would-be buyers.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation's capital, he fretted that he would lag behind.

  • Written by By MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press