Biden and Trump taking different approaches to debate

NEW YORK (AP) - President Joe Biden begins an intense period of private preparations Friday at Camp David for what may be the most consequential presidential debate in decades.

Bank of England keeps interest rates high despite inflation fall

LONDON (AP) - Any hopes the governing Conservative Party may have of the Bank of England cutting its main interest rate from a 16-year high of 5.25% Thursday are expected to be dashed - even though inflation in the U.K. has fallen to its target rate for the first time in nearly three years.

Russia obliterates Ukraine towns by retrofitting bombs

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - The first shock wave shattered aisles stacked almost to the ceiling with home improvement products. The next Russian bomb streaked down like a comet seconds later, unleashing flames that left the megastore an ashen shell.

Donald Sutherland, the towering actor, dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Sutherland, the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from “M.A.S.H.” to "The Hunger Games," has died. He was 88.

Biden's old growth forest proposal angers industry

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Biden administration is advancing its plan to restrict logging within old growth forests that are increasingly threatened by climate change, with exceptions that include cutting trees to make forests less susceptible to wildfires, according to a U.S. government analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

Crews battle deadly New Mexico wildfires

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Fire crews braced for flooding, lightning and cooling weather as they battled a pair of growing fires Thursday that have killed at least two people while tearing through an evacuated mountain village in southern New Mexico.

Judy Garland's hometown raising funds to purchase 'Wizard of Oz' slippers

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota hometown of Judy Garland, the actress who wore a pair of ruby slippers in "The Wizard of Oz," is raising money to purchase the prized footwear after it was stolen from a local museum and then later turned over to an auction company.

Rutte set to bring consensus as next NATO chief

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition partners. Now he’s on track to bring the experience of leading four Dutch multiparty governments to the international stage as NATO’s new secretary general.