WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure is on to keep federal funding for highway projects from drying up by a July 31 deadline, but the House and Senate appear to have different ideas on how. The House is due to take up a temporary funding bill today that would last until mid-December. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants programs funded at least through next year's election. How to pay for it is the issue.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) remains in a bind as Parliament considers a critical vote today on the latest bailout deal that will saddle citizens with even more austerity. The alternative is possible collapse and an exit from the euro currency. Hard-liners in Tsipras' own Cabinet and his radical leftist Syriza (SEER'-ih-zah) party are in open revolt, as are unions.
BOSTON (AP) — There are no injuries or pollution after the grounding of a charter boat off Cape Cod. All 113 passengers and crew have been rescued and the Coast Guard says the last of them had been put ashore by midnight. Incoming high tide allowed the charter boat to be refloated and towed to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Dock.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge in Indiana is scheduled to hear arguments today over the sentencing of a man convicted of murder, arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in a home explosion that gutted a subdivision and killed two neighbors. At issue is whether Mark Leonard can get life without parole. The defense says prosecutors didn't prove the existence of aggravating factors.
TOKYO (AP) — Unpopular legislation to expand the role of Japan's military is advancing. A Japanese parliamentary committee has approved the legislation after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's (shin-zoh ah-bayz) ruling bloc forced a vote in the face of vocal protests from opposition lawmakers and citizens. A new security policy reinterprets part of Japan's post-World War II constitution that only permits the nation's military to use force for its self-defense.