Senate approves Sept. 11 legislation despite Saudi threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a U.S. ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A campaign to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation's most populous state.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Bergdahl to be court-martialed under new commander-in-chief

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan and spent five years in captivity, will be court-martialed under a new commander-in-chief.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press