US gears up missile defense system in Europe to Russia's ire

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S. missile defense system aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats is moving into higher gear this week, with a site in Romania becoming operational on Thursday and officials breaking ground at another site in Poland a day later.

  • Written by VANESSA GERA, Associated Press

Tornadoes hit Plains; 2 dead, homes destroyed in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes destroyed homes, overturned vehicles and stripped the bark from trees as they churned across Oklahoma, part of a strong series of storms that hit the Plains.

  • Written by DANIEL C. HOUSTON, Associated Press

Lynch: NC transgender law part of civil rights struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — In suing her home state for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North Carolina as about far more than bathrooms and showers.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Scientific basis for laws on marijuana, driving questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists are being convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana based on arbitrary state standards that have no connection to whether the driver was actually impaired, says a study by the nation's largest auto club.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

FDA to re-evaluate definition of 'healthy'

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of "healthy," which could eventually change how a range of foods are marketed.