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.


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