The Associated Press

Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questionsWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group....

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected gravesWANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Monday that abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained over 100 suspected graves as well as pens likely used as cages for migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people....

Deadly storms swamp Plains, Midwest, force Texans from homesSAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes....

Perry seeks to win over Iowa with frequent visitsLE MARS, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Perry's early, hands-on approach in Iowa contrasts with the 2016 presidential prospect's failed bid four years ago, when he entered the race relatively late and stumbled in the debates....

Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prisonJERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians....

Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency....