Dallas police squelch critics, questions about sniper attack

DALLAS (AP) — The day after five Dallas officers were killed by a sniper, the city's police chief described the men as "guardians" of democracy, praising them for protecting the freedom to protest at a large demonstration against police brutality.

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press

Judge to hear objections to closing church shooting hearing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge will hear from news media organizations objecting closing a hearing in the trial of the man charged in the deaths of nine black church members in Charleston.


Police detain man dressed as Zorro just before airport panic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A false report of gunshots that sent panicked travelers fleeing from Los Angeles International Airport came right after officers with weapons drawn detained a masked man dressed in black and possibly carrying a plastic sword, officials said.

  • Written by ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press

Banks lead gains on Wall Street on hopes for higher rates

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks are leading the stock market higher in afternoon trading Monday as investors anticipate that the Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates this year from their historically low levels. That could help banks by making lending more profitable. Herbalife rose after activist investor Carl Icahn, the company's largest shareholder, said he has increased his stake. The market is coming off of three days of losses.

  • Written by SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer