Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

US works to keep Turkey in its fold as NATO ally looks east

WASHINGTON (AP) — With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as it entertains a closer relationship with Russia and fumes over a U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last month's failed coup attempt.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

AG: Ex-Milwaukee officers investigate fatal police shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general acknowledged Monday that former Milwaukee police officers, now working for the state Department of Justice, are investigating the fatal shooting of a black man by a Milwaukee officer that triggered two nights of violence.

  • Written by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press

Firefighter will get back dog after it escaped, got adopted

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A firefighter who left his dog with friends as he battled wildfires in Washington state will get back his dog weeks after the animal ran away and got adopted by another family.