IMF's Lagarde urges leaders to find ways to spread wealth

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders should take advantage of the healthiest global growth in years to pursue policies that will spread prosperity to those being left behind, the head of the International Monetary Fund is arguing.

  • Written by By PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writers

Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It's the largest increase since 2012 but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary.

  • Written by By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press

Catalan leader faces mounting pressure from all sides

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's leader faced mounting pressure Friday from all sides, with hardliners in the separatist movement demanding he declare independence from Spain once and for all. Spain's government and the European Union, on the other hand, want him to abandon the secession plans altogether.

  • Written by By ARITZ PARRA , Associated Press

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they're colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect.

  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN , Associated Press