WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly Washington Navy Yard shootings have raised questions about the adequacy of the background checks done on contract employees who hold security clearances. Navy and White House security reviews have begun as a picture emerges of Aaron Alexis as an agitated and erratic figure whose behavior and mental state had repeatedly come to authorities' attention but didn't seem to affect his security clearance.
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) –State officials say the flooding killed as many as eight people in Colorado. Hundreds remain unaccounted for, but that number has been falling. Colorado counties report about 19,000 homes either damaged or destroyed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A plea deal is expected today when an Idaho man appears in federal court in Washington to answer charges of trying to assassinate President Barack Obama in 2011 by shooting an assault rifle at the White House. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was scheduled to be tried later this month. The gunfire didn't injure anyone but did leave bullet marks on the executive mansion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many investors expect the Federal Reserve to change course today to begin slowing the economic stimulus it's supplied since the financial crisis and the Great Recession. The Fed concludes its regular policy meeting today and is expected to tread carefully with a small cut in its monthly Treasury and mortgage bond purchases.