By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 1:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama's health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press.
By JENNIFER AGIESTA and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 11:17 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 2:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers.
By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 2:46 p.m.
NEW DELHI — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.
By MATT HAMILTON and KRYSTA FAURIA, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 2:43 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.
By DMITRY LOVETSKY, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:59 a.m.
DONETSK, Ukraine — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields — deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.
By Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post
July 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russia's central bank on Wednesday promised to support banks that have been slapped with new U.S. and European sanctions, a step that could tax the Russian economy in the face of hard-hitting measures designed to punish the country for its actions in Ukraine.
By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:34 a.m.
WASHINGTON — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:22 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.
By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:16 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.
By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 8:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued transportation programs in recent years.