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  • Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead
    Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.

  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death
    Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death

    Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth.

  • Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting
    Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer."

  • Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
    Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.

  • Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients
    Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged toic.

  • On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
    On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aim for the White House in 2016.

  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit
    House votes to provide money for highways, transit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care just before heading out of town for Congress' August recess.

  • Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike
    Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

  • GOP presses Planned Parenthood aid ban, faces long odds
    GOP presses Planned Parenthood aid ban, faces long odds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans pressed their fight Wednesday to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, but likely opposition from at least one GOP senator highlighted the long odds they face to prevail.

  • Prosecutors charge teen with murder in death of 8-year-old
    Prosecutors charge teen with murder in death of 8-year-old

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a 15-year-old boy with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault Wednesday in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town.

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