US troops staying in Afghanistan? New look at reduction plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told NATO allies America will take a new look at its plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, a British official says, a fresh indication that U.S. involvement in the country is not waning in the final months of Barack Obama's presidency.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press

US stocks rebound ahead of Federal Reserve announcement

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were posting modest gains on Wednesday in midday trading, recovering after four days of losses, as investors waited to hear from the Federal Reserve regarding interest rates later in the day.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

16-year-old shot to death on Oakland, California, street

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Gunfire erupted in downtown Oakland near a vigil for two drowning victims, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead and sending people running for cover in the days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gunman's job raises questions about security guard screening

ATLANTA (AP) — Omar Mateen alarmed co-workers with claims that he had ties to al-Qaeda and was a member of Hezbollah. One colleague recalled that he frequently used racial slurs and threatened violence while on the job.

  • Written by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

Dem senator frustrated by inaction on guns begins filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator on Wednesday launched a filibuster to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press