WASHINGTON (AP) ? Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation ? billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) ? Some firefighters battling a Northern California wildfire that prompted evacuation orders for more than 400 homes before it was brought under control were dispatched to other fires, while evacuation orders for about half of the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park were lifted.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ? Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) ? Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL.
The European Union's decision to impose broad sanctions against Russia was "unavoidable" after its actions in Ukraine and it is now up to Moscow to make the next move, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Earlier, the EU agreed for the first time to impose sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defense firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. "The decision today was thus unavoidable," Merkel said in a statement, adding that EU leaders had repeatedly warned Moscow that the annexation of Crimea and continued destabilisation of east Ukraine were not acceptable. "It is now up to the leadership in Russia to decide whether they want to go the way of de-escalation and cooperation," Merkel said.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? US appeals court panel strikes down law that could have closed only Miss. abortion clinic.
France handed over to Belgium on Tuesday the man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A spokeswoman for the Belgian police told AFP that Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had been brought from Paris to Brussels. "He will be interrogated," added spokeswoman Tine Hollevoet, who declined to give further details. His lawyer Sebastien Courtoy told the media that Nemmouche was irritated by the leaking to the press of statements he has made during police questioning in the last two months.
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a storied building named after the agency's first director, would be relocated out of the nation's capital and into the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) ? The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is apparently not being forgiven.
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The U.N.'s aviation body said on Tuesday it would convene a high-level meeting next February on airline safety in the wake of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The International Civil Aviation Organization also said it was setting up a task force with the airline industry and other aviation bodies to look at how safety information can be collected and distributed properly. (Reporting by Allison Martell and Allison Lampert; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Amran Abocar and James Dalgleish)
PARIS (AP) ? Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ? Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed.
CONWAY, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom.
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stock-market indexes were mostly higher in afternoon trading as investors waited for a batch of key economic reports later this week. Earnings reports and corporate news drove trading in individual stocks. Major indexes in Europe and Asia closed with slight gains.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave. Israel's Channel Two TV said progress was being made on such a deal in Cairo, where a Palestinian delegation is expected later on Tuesday, although the station retracted an earlier report that a truce had already been provisionally agreed. Health officials said at least 84 Palestinians died in some of heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since Israel's offensive began on July 8 in response to rocket salvoes fired by Hamas and its militant allies. The Israeli assault intensified after the deaths of 10 troops in Palestinian cross-border attacks on Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of a long conflict ahead.
By Justyna Pawlak and Aleksandar Vasovic BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defense firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The United States could announce new measures of its own "as soon as today", the White House said. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, which worsened dramatically after the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over rebel-held territory on July 17 by what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile. Russia's state run banks would be barred from raising funds in European capital markets.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.
By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm. The United States and the European Union saw the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as a chance for Putin to distance himself from pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine and seal the border across which they say arms are reaching the rebels. Instead Putin has stood firm, blamed the crash on his pro-Western antagonists in Kiev and signaled no change in his stance, leaving Russia facing the threat of much tougher international sanctions and economic and political isolation. With an about-turn all but impossible for Putin after a fierce media campaign that has demonized the West, painted Ukraine's leaders as fascists and backed the rebels to the hilt, he appears to have passed the point of no-return.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin reportedly withdrew from the US team of NBA stars that will defend their world title in a few weeks because of a back injury. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Griffin has a small fracture in his back that will not require surgery and that rest will permit the injury to heal in time for him to be ready for the Clippers' training camp in September.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ? A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he is an amazing father and that she forgives him.
CHICAGO (AP) ? The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.
Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to inform him directly that the U.S. government had determined that Russia violated the intermediate-range nuclear treaty, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. The United States is seeking high-level talks over what it said was an infraction of the Cold War-era treaty, ratified in 1988, which was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). Earnest declined to comment on how or when Russia violated the treaty, but said the United States is concerned in part about the risk of proliferation. "That is an indication that this is a matter that merits the serious attention of the leaders of both the United States and Russia," Earnest said.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq warned companies on Tuesday against dealing with oil smuggled from the Kurdish region and said it would ensure such cargoes are seized, as U.S. authorities were set to seize a shipment from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast. "The ministry will keep chasing any shipments in future to legally target any buyers and seize the crude shipments offered for sale," Oil Ministry spokesman Asim Jihad told Reuters. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Michael Georgy)
By Anna Driver and Julia Payne HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region. The tanker United Kalavrvta, carrying some 1 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil, arrived near Galveston Bay on Saturday, but has yet to unload its disputed cargo. The U.S. judge's overnight approval of the request from Baghdad on Monday deals another blow to the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) attempts to establish its own oil sales, which are seen as a crucial step in the autonomous region's push for independence.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Tuesday that sanctions on Russian capital markets being considered by European Union member states in response to the Ukraine crisis would have a "far-reaching and immediate effect". Speaking during a debate about the downing of a Malaysian airliner over rebel-held eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, most of them Dutch, he said the sanctions would send a strong signal to Moscow that "you are on the wrong path". Earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask him to suspend military operations in the area where the airliner came down to allow international experts to reach the crash site.
By Justyna Pawlak and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached agreement on Tuesday on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The measures will shut state-owned Russian banks out of European capital markets and target the defence sector and sensitive technologies, including oil, but exclude the vital gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent. In contrast to the United States, the 28-nation EU, with bigger economic interests at stake, hesitated for months to take decisive action against Moscow. Washington believes flight MH17 was shot down in error by the separatists with a missile supplied by Russia.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defense, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies, diplomats said. The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, one diplomat said. (Reporting by Justyna Pawlak and Tom Koerkemeier; editing by Barbara Lewis)
By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could unveil new economic sanctions on Russia over its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine "as soon as today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. The new measures would come as the European Union finalizes sanctions against Russia's financial, defense and energy sectors, its most sweeping sanctions so far. We need to assess whether or not these economic costs that are being imposed on Russia have the desired effect," Earnest told reporters in a briefing. The United States has been working closely with the EU to step up sanctions.
The International Monetary Fund's $17 billion loan program for Ukraine may have to be revised if the country's conflict in its eastern regions continues for much longer, the head of the IMF said without specifying further. "(The IMF program) is premised on having a degree of resolution of the current conflict in the not-too-distant future," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told reporters on Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry agreed in a phone conversation that fighting near the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine needs to be stopped, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Russia has denied supplying such a missile.
Rebels in east Ukraine accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday of serving U.S. and Ukrainian interests and threatened to ban the security and rights group from the crash site of a Malaysian airliner. The self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" said in an emailed statement it was going to halt cooperation with the OSCE, until now the main body tasked with negotiating access to the crash site for international experts. "From the very start, the OSCE was not a neutral side and acted in the interests of Ukraine," it said. "The OSCE, as it turns out, is a structure completely controlled by the United States." The OSCE did not immediately comment.