US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press

Bomb blast, gunbattle kill 4 during Bangladesh Eid prayers

NEW DELHI (AP) — Islamic extremists in Bangladesh hurled homemade bombs and traded gunfire with police guarding an Eid prayer service attended by hundreds of thousands of people on Thursday, killing two officers, a woman and an assailant.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

'Hot, wet and wild' 2016 weather as US has warmest June

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's warm, wild and costly weather broke another record with the hottest June, federal meteorologists say. And if that's not enough, they calculated that 2016 is flirting with the U.S. record for most billion-dollar weather disasters.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

VA puts latest estimate of veteran suicides at 20 per day

WASHINGTON (AP) — On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press