Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in California’s Sierra

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the number of trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought and a bark beetle epidemic has dramaticallyRead More

Michigan attorney general sues 2 companies over Flint water

FLINT, Michigan (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Wednesday against two companies, saying they caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis. Attorney GeneralRead More

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy, Rosalynn Carter mark 70 years ‘even closer together’

ATLANTA (AP) — As they prepare to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter say his recent treatment for cancer has drawn themRead More

Dennis Hastert

Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert starts prison term

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrived at a Minnesota prison on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money caseRead More

US homes sell at strongest pace since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans snapped up houses in May almost as soon as properties were listed, fueling the strongest sales rate in nearly a decade.Read More

State Patrol: 5 killed in head-on crash west of Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say five people are dead after a head-on crash between two cars on Interstate 16 west of Savannah. The GeorgiaRead More

IMF downgrades outlook for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and says America should raise the minimum wageRead More

Democrats could slow passage of Puerto Rico rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday faced Senate Democrats skeptical about a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, raising doubts about itsRead More

SKorea military: NKorea fires 2 suspected midrange missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected powerful new Musudan midrange ballistic missiles, U.S.Read More

Zoo closes as staff try to wrangle escaped 12-pound monkey

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — There’s some monkey business afoot at a Massachusetts zoo. WWLP-TV reports a 12-pound guenon monkey named Dizzy escaped from its enclosureRead More