After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

At least 6 tornado touchdowns confirmed in northern Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials and residents began assessing damage Thursday after eight tornadoes damaged rural communities in the northern part of the state amid powerful storms that swept across the Upper Midwest.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colombians cheer deal putting them on verge of peace accord

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians cried and hugged as the leaders of their government and the country's biggest rebel group signed a cease-fire and disarmament deal moving their country to the verge of a final peace accord to end decades of fighting.

  • Written by LIBARDO CARDONA, Associated Press MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

AP Sources: VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation's history.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

Led Zeppelin rocks copyright case over 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music spoke louder than words of witnesses for a jury Thursday that decided Led Zeppelin did not lift a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press