CIA chief: IS working to send operatives to the West

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on Thursday that the Islamic State remains "formidable" and "resilient," is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East.

  • Written by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

British Labour lawmaker dies after shooting attack

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker was shot to death Thursday in a small town she represents, a tragedy that brought to a standstill the fierce campaign over whether Britain should leave the European Union.

  • Written by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Obama offering sympathy but no easy answers in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Offering sympathy but no easy answers, President Barack Obama came Thursday to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Muslim view of LGBT people in spotlight after Orlando attack

NEW YORK (AP) — After the massacre in Orlando, the head of a prominent Muslim advocacy group stood before a bank of microphones and made remarks beyond the expected condemnations.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press

DIVIDED AMERICA: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

BENTON, Kentucky (AP) — Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer