Puerto Rico has begun to default, governor says; status of payment unclear


NEW YORK/SAN JUAN Puerto Rico has begun to default on its debt in order to pay top-priority borrowings backed by its constitution and protect the commonwealth's people, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said on Tuesday, but the status of a Dec. 1 payment remained unclear.


House unlikely to override Obama veto of refugee bill, says Hoyer 6:02pm GMT

WASHINGTON Representative Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, said on Tuesday there would not be enough votes in the chamber to override President Barack Obama's promised veto of a bill tightening the clearance process for refugees from Syria.


Clinton: No U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State 3:17pm GMT

WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State in the Middle East, saying such a move would give the militant group a recruitment tool to boost its ranks.


House Speaker: Colorado shooting shows need for mental health reforms 3:43pm GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado showed that the United States needs to reform mental health care.


Texas Attorney General Paxton seeks dismissal of felony charges against him 4:09pm GMT

AUSTIN, Texas Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went to a district court on Tuesday seeking to throw out felony charges against him, saying there were problems with the grand jury that handed down the indictments.

Illinois to make full December pension payment 5:12pm GMT

CHICAGO Illinois will make the full $560 million December contribution to its retirement systems after the November pension payment was delayed by the state's ongoing budget impasse, a spokesman for the state comptroller said on Tuesday.


In show of financial strength, Bush campaign forms expansive finance team 9:11am GMT

WASHINGTON Republican Jeb Bush on Monday formed an expansive financial support team led by about 350 major donors from across the country in a much-needed show of strength for his presidential campaign.


Refugee groups: Carson misses big picture on Syria refugees 1:25am GMT

WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments after a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan underestimated the scope and complexity of a global crisis, aid and refugee groups said Monday.


Trump says meeting with U.S. black clergy went 'very well' 12:38am GMT

NEW YORK Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump met a group of black pastors on Monday, some of them polarizing figures in their own right, despite objections from other African-American clergy and academics who have assailed what they call Trump's racially charged rhetoric.


Powerful New York legislator Silver convicted in bribery case 4:43pm GMT

NEW YORK Sheldon Silver, one of New York state's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks. | Video