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Conservative Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme Is Brought Forward
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Average 30-Year Home Mortgage Rate Rises To 4.40%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week in the wake of comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggesting that the Fed could start raising short-term interest rates by mid-2015.

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College Graduates Deliver Petitions For Affordable Tuition
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United States Wealth Gap Made Worse By $1 Trillion In Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) The roughly 37 million Americans saddled with $1 trillion in student loan debt may never catch up with wealthy peers who began life after college free from the burden. Experts say that disparity is contributing to the widening of the U.S. wealth gap.

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Pope Francis Meets President Obama
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President Obama’s Visit To The Vatican Included A Discussion Of Birth Control

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the Catholic Church's objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama's visit.

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A Special Screening Of HBO's "The Battle Of AmfAR" At The United Nations
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United Nations Critical Of United States Civil Rights Record On Secret Programs

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations panel finds the United States has fallen short of meeting its obligations under an international civil rights treaty, pointing to a lack of adequate oversight and transparency in its programs of electronic surveillance, targeted drone killings and secret detentions.

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World Leaders Gather For Nuclear Security Summit 2014
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President Obama Concerned NATO Allies Spending Less On Defense

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's concerned that some NATO allies are reducing their spending on defense.

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Supreme Court Releases Ruling On Challenge To City Of Chicago's Handgun Ban
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Supreme Court Clarifies Domestic Violence Gun Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.

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32 Injured As Commuter Train Derails At Chicago's O'Hare Airport
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Salvage Crews Begin Dismantling Derailed Chicago Train

CHICAGO (AP) — Salvage crews have begun cutting apart and clearing away wreckage from the crash of a Chicago commuter train at O'Hare International Airport's underground station.

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One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches
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Myanmar Awards Offshore Oil Exploration Blocks To Major Oil Companies

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Major oil companies including Total, Chevron, Woodside Energy and Shell have won bids for offshore oil and gas exploration blocks off Myanmar's western coast.

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George Zimmerman Appears Before Judge On Recent Aggravated Assault Charges
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Drug Dealing Ex-East Texas Deputy Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas sheriff's deputy who dealt drugs while on duty has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

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News Conference Introduces New Legislation To Improve Medicare
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Medicare Fees Agreed Upon By House And Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid have reached an agreement on legislation to forestall a looming 24 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

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