• In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement Wednesday, July 27, after wrapping up a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    As Fed ends meeting, few expect much clarity on next hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With consumers spending and employers hiring more freely, the U.S. economy has fared better of late. But when the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, most analysts think it will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

  • President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to delegates after President Obama's speech during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    It’s her party now: Ex-presidents handoff to Hillary Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the optimism that drives the nation’s democracy and warning against the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump.

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  • Former President Bill Clinton salutes after speaking to the delegates during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to the story of Bill and Hillary Clinton. It’s been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms.

  • President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    The Latest: Obama: Trump lacks “basic knowledge” about world

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

  • Horse Haldalgo, representing life-saving US Marine horse Sergeant Reckless who served with the US Marine Corps during the Korean War, is awarded with the PDSA Dickin Medal watched by Sergeant Mark Gostling in London, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Reckless, who survived one of the bloodiest battles in modern military history, has today been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – known as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for her bravery and devotion to duty during the Korean war 1950 until 1953. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    US Marine Corps horse honored for Korean War valor

    LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps horse who served during some of the bloodiest fighting of the Korean War has been posthumously decorated for bravery.

  • New Mexico’s state parks see big jump in visitors

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says more people last year visited New Mexico’s state parks than ever before.

  • A picture of late Father Jacques Hamel is placed on flowers at the makeshift memorial in front of the city hall closed to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    France’s religious leaders united after church attack

    SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church.

  • Plans in works for water trail on 29 miles of Boardman River

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Plans are in the works for a new water trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

  • In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during an EU summit in Brussels. About a month on from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s little evidence that economic activity across the continent has been derailed yet. That’s some reassurance for the 19-country eurozone as it faces a host of other problems, many of which relate to Italy, the bloc’s third-largest economy. The Brexit vote has raised the stakes in Italian Premier Matteo Renzi’s upcoming referendum on a raft of changes designed to streamline the country’s political system. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)

    Italian banks in focus as Europe shrugs off Brexit _ for now

    MILAN (AP) — About a month on from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s little evidence that economic activity across the continent has been derailed yet.

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, right, congratulates the Coordinating Minister for Legal, Politics and Security Affairs Wiranto after the inauguration ceremony for the new cabinet members at the State Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts the retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    New Indonesia Cabinet includes reformer, rights abuser

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry.