Immigrants, poor fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River.

  • Written by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

New York prison worker got 'caught up' in escape plot

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the other.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent

WASHINGTON (AP) — An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press ALAN FRAM, Associated Press