Benghazi report faults security; no new Clinton allegations WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The attacks, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, have been repeatedly cited by Republicans as a serious failure by the administration and by Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. But the committee's 800-page report, released by Republican members, offered no "smoking gun" about Clinton's role. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's chairman, has repeatedly said the report was not aimed at her, though Democrats have accused the committee's Republican majority of targeting her throughout.
'Little guy' contractors still angry at Trump Taj bankruptcy ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Weak from heart surgery and a sepsis infection that would soon kill her, Patricia Paone was resting at home last summer when an apparition appeared on the TV - a famous businessman who had struck a deal with her husband years before. "He's a crook!" she roared, according to a son who was with her that day. "I can't listen to this." A quarter of a century had passed since Donald Trump refused to pay $1.2 million for the paving stones her late husband installed at Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino. But for Paone and others like her - the dozens of contractors and their families who never got all they were owed - it could have happened yesterday.
Trump to take on trade deals in Pennsylvania speech MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) - Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech Tuesday highlighting his opposition to U.S. trade deals and paint his likely Democratic Hillary Clinton as a champion of the kind of globalization that has pushed manufacturing jobs overseas. The speech, to be delivered in the heart of America's struggling rust belt, will stress a central premise of his campaign: that global free trade - a Republican Party staple for decades - has hurt American workers because deals have been negotiated poorly. Trump has vowed to bring back manufacturing jobs, in part, by slapping tariffs on goods produced by companies that move manufacturing jobs offshore.
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EU leaders plot a future without Britain, demand answers BRUSSELS (AP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron fended off anger from other European Union leaders at an unprecedented summit charged with uncertainty about the union's future without Britain. Leader after leader rejected Cameron's pleas for favorable conditions for Britain once it leaves, while he frustrated them by refusing to initiate the divorce proceedings just yet. At what may be his last EU gathering, Cameron sat at one end of the oval summit table in blue shirt sleeves, arguing for the best possible exit conditions for his island nation. Around the table, other EU leaders refused to negotiate, seemingly eager to kick Britain out as soon as possible to avoid further political and economic turmoil after the shock and emotion of the British vote to leave last week.
Supreme Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia's death WASHINGTON (AP) - Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death transformed the Supreme Court's term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency. It was a term unusual in other ways, too. Justice Clarence Thomas broke a 10-year silence following his good friend's death to ask questions during an oral argument. Senate Republicans shunned any action on President Barack Obama's nominee to restore the court to its full nine-member strength. And four cases ended in 4-4 ties. Major decisions underscoring abortion rights and constraining corruption prosecutions of public officials would have come out the same way had Scalia remained on the court.
3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas DALLAS (AP) - Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Each train carried two crew members; one man jumped before the collision, according to BNSF spokesman Joe Faust. The man was being treated at a hospital and the extent of his injuries was unknown. It's not clear how fast the trains were traveling when they collided, but the speed limit in that area is 70 mph, Faust said.
Amid cuts, Rio police ask for handouts ahead of Olympics RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games, police helicopters are grounded, patrol cars are parked and Rio de Janeiro's security forces are so pressed for funds that some have to beg for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper, fueling worries about safety at the world's premier sporting event. Brazil is suffering the worst recession in decades and Rio's acting governor has declared a state of financial disaster this month, largely to bolster spending on security as the world's spotlight turns to the city. "How are people going to feel protected in a city without security," Gov.
Can you hear them now? New buoy listens for singing whales MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Scientists have deployed a buoy off New York to listen for singing wales. The hi-tech acoustic device will eavesdrop on the whales to better understand and safeguard them as they swim near busy shipping lanes entering New York Harbor. Researchers say the project is one of many around the world that listen for whales, but this is one of the few that relay data from the ocean floor back to scientists in "near real time," sometimes in about two hours. The real-time monitoring will focus on endangered baleen whales. Data from the sounds of other whales will be analyzed when the buoy is removed after a year.
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 lifted the women's game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. 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.
Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82 Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. Neither did his fierce defenses that won two Super Bowls. The pugnacious coach and defensive mastermind whose twin sons have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82. His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, where Rex Ryan is the head coach and Rob Ryan an assistant. James Solano, Buddy Ryan's agent, said he died in Kentucky but did not give a cause. Ryan lived on a ranch in Shelbyville. "His knowledge, passion for football and the love he had for his players and coaches are traits that have shaped and influenced so many careers, including my own," said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who played for and got his coaching start under Ryan.