BERKELEY BALCONY COLLAPSE
BERKELEY, California -- The balcony collapse that killed six college students appears to have been caused by rotted wooden beams, Berkeley's mayor says as the victims' heartbroken loved ones began arriving in the U.S. from Ireland. By Lisa Leff and Martha Mendoza.
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda appears to be back on track after an extraordinary bipartisan rescue operation mounted in the week since it was derailed in the House by rebellious Democrats backed by organized labor. By David Espo and Charles Babington. Eds: Time of House vote uncertain.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China's government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned. By Ted Bridis.
WASHINGTON -- Determined to prevent another Moscow-led rebel advance, the United States and European governments have prepared a new round of penalties targeting Russia's energy and financial sectors as part of a sanctions-in-waiting strategy that officials hope will help the West respond immediately if insurgents push deeper into Ukraine. By Bradley Klapper.
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign probably didn't need a reminder of how crucial Latino voters could be to her presidential campaign. She got one anyway from Republican candidate Jeb Bush. The former Republican governor of Florida spoke fluent Spanish during his 2016 campaign kickoff this week. By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer.
AP Photos. Eds: Clinton speech in Las Vegas scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).
UNITED STATES ASIA ANALYSIS
WASHINGTON -- Critics have long predicted that President Barack Obama's policy to shift America's focus toward Asia is doomed. The legislative battle over his trade agenda could prove the acid test. By Matthew Pennington.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-HAITIAN MIGRANTS
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- People wait anxiously in long lines throughout the Dominican Republic, eager to submit applications for legal residency before a midnight deadline and avoid possible deportation. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor confirms that his administration recently pursued a proposal to request that the U.S. Congress allow the island's heavily indebted government to declare bankruptcy amid an economic crisis. By Danica Coto.
CAMP PENDLETON, California -- A military jury has found a Marine sergeant guilty of murder in the retrial of a major Iraq war-crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. By Julie Watson.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
UNDATED -- FedEx's latest quarterly results missed Wall Street expectations, as lower fuel surcharges and the strong dollar cut into revenue at its big express-shipping business. Shares of FedEx Corp. fell 3 percent. By David Koenig.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK -- What's the first thing that comes to Christian Grey's mind upon meeting future paramour Anastasia Steele? How her pale, flawless skin might look "pink and warmed from the bite of a cane," of course. By Leanne Italie.