EU leaders plot a future without Britain, demand answers BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders began plotting a future without Britain on Tuesday, urging the island nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets. EU Council President Donald Tusk said he was planning a special meeting of the EU leaders minus Cameron in Bratislava in September to chart a way ahead, after last week's referendum made abundantly clear that a business-as-usual approach to Britain leaving could possibly threaten the unity of the entire bloc. On Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hours ahead of an EU summit in Brussels where the outgoing British leader is expected to say that exit talks might not be launched before October.
Generation EU: British vote often pitted old against young LONDON (AP) - The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, 69-year-old Mary Crossley of London said she got a phone call from her 31-year-old daughter. She seemed pretty annoyed. "'You've messed us up, mum,'" Crossley said her daughter told her. "She kept telling me off." Crossley and her husband Barry had cast their ballots for a British exit - or Brexit - from the 28-nation EU. Crossley said her daughter Elizabeth had voted to remain in the union, fearing that the economic turmoil triggered by a Brexit would harm her husband's business. It wasn't a serious dispute. Mary, interviewed at her north London home, said she was now looking after her daughter's beagle mix.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SUPREME COURT RULING ON ABORTION HAS WIDE-RANGING IMPACT By striking down abortion restrictions in Texas, abortion-rights activists nationwide are emboldened and a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states are in peril. 2. MERKEL SAYS NO OBLIGATIONS, NO PRIVILEGES TO UK The German Chancellor says she will use "all her strength" to prevent the European Union from drifting apart in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the trade bloc. 3. HOW TRUMP IS SHIFTING ON MUSLIM BAN With his poll numbers sliding, his spokeswoman says he's no longer seeking the restriction at all and will instead offer an approach based on an undefined standard of terrorism.
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Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states NEW YORK (AP) - By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states. Many anti-abortion leaders were openly disappointed, bracing for the demise of restrictions that they had worked vigorously to enact over the past few years. The Supreme Court has decided "the abortion industry will continue to reign unchecked as mothers are subjected to subpar conditions," said Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life. On the other side of the debate, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards hailed the ruling as "an enormous victory for women," and joined her abortion-rights allies in vowing to quickly seek gains beyond Texas.
Trump's Muslim ban: From simple clarity to plain confusion NEW YORK (AP) - From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Yet from that first moment, the Republican White House candidate has evaded questions when pressed for details. Now that he's a presumptive nominee with sliding poll numbers, his spokeswoman says he's no longer seeking the ban at all. In its place, he's offering an approach based on a standard of terrorism that he and his campaign refuse to define.
How Clinton's and Trump's economic prescriptions clash WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech outlining his trade policies on Tuesday - a talk that is sure to underscore the stark differences between his approach and that of likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to handling the economy. Trump favors big tax cuts that mainly would help the rich. Clinton wants to boost taxes on high earners. Clinton wants to raise the minimum wage nationwide. Trump favors leaving it to the states. Trump sees a middle class crushed by trade deals, globalization and shameless corporations moving jobs overseas. Clinton argues that rebuilding the middle class requires government aid for higher education and job training.
House Republicans' report faults Obama on Benghazi attacks WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for what they said was a slowed response to help Americans under attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in two assaults at the diplomatic facility and CIA annex. The panel's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, said the panel's report, being released Tuesday, was not aimed at Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time. Democrats have said the goal of the report is to undermine Clinton's presidential bid. Gowdy said Tuesday that the report documents that the U.S.
Volkswagen settles emissions-cheating cases for $14.7B DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen will spend $14.7 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history. Under the settlement revealed Tuesday by a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, VW will pay just over $10 billion to either buy back or repair about 475,000 vehicles with cheating 2-liter diesel engines. The money also will compensate owners who will get from $5,100 to $10,000 depending on the age of their vehicles. The German automaker also has to pay governments $2.7 billion for environmental mitigation and spend another $2 billion for research on zero-emissions vehicles.
Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women's game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,' and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced," Tyler Summitt said.
Jason Day says Zika fears will keep him out of Rio Olympics AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics on Tuesday because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games. The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week, adding to the perception that the Olympics are not a high priority. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep from competing in Rio de Janeiro. "The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," Day said in a statement.