GREECE'S NEW CARETAKER GOVT SWORN IN AHEAD OF NEXT MONTH'S EARLY ELECTIONS, WITH SUPREME COURT CHIEF VASSILIKI THANOU BECOMING COUNTRY'S FIRST FEMALE PM *

CABINET EXPECTED TO BE IN POWER FOR LESS THAN A MONTH, BUT WILL HAVE TO IMPLEMENT CUTBACKS THAT ARE CONDITIONS OF GREECE'S LATEST INTL BAILOUT *

ELECTIONS, SET FOR SEPT 20, WERE SCHEDULED AFTER PM ALEXIS TSIPRAS STEPPED DOWN FOLLOWING REBELLION BY MEMBERS OF HIS RADICAL-LEFT SYRIZA PARTY WHO OPPOSED BAILOUT CONDITIONS *

FL GOV RICK SCOTT (R) DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS TROPICAL STORM ERIKA APPROACHES *

STORM EXPECTED TO HIT FL LATE SUN OR MON, BUT FORECASTERS REMAIN UNCLEAR ABOUT ITS PATH OR INTENSITY *

NATL HURRICANE CENTER SAYS ERIKA IS EXTREMELY DISORGANIZED, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO TRACK *

ERIKA LASHED PUERTO RICO FRI BEFORE BEARING DOWN ON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WITH 50-MPH WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS *

CONSUMER SPENDING EDGES UP 0.3% IN JULY, ACCORDING TO COMMERCE DEPT *

JUNE'S RESULT WAS ALSO REVISED UP TO MATCHING 0.3% GAIN...INCOMES INCREASED 0.4% IN JULY, WHILE KEY CATEGORY OF WAGES AND SALARIES ROSE 0.5%, BIGGEST JUMP SINCE LAST NOV *

REPORT SUGGESTS CONSUMER SPENDING GOT OFF TO A GOOD START IN Q3, BOLSTERED BY MOMENTUM FROM Q2 *

CONSUMER SPENDING ACCOUNTS FOR 70% OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY *

INDIAN AND PAKISTANI BORDER GUARDS TRADE GUNFIRE IN DIVIDED KASHMIR REGION, LEAVING NINE CIVILIANS DEAD AND 62 WOUNDED *

EACH SIDE BLAMES THE OTHER FOR "UNPROVOKED FIRING AND SHELLING" *

KASHMIR REGION IS DIVIDED BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN AND CLAIMED BY BOTH *

TENSIONS HAVE MOUNTED SINCE TALKS BETWEEN NATL SECURITY ADVISERS WERE CALLED OFF BECAUSE OF DISPUTES OVER REGION *

DC'S NATIONAL ZOO ANNOUNCES SURVIVING PANDA CUB IS MALE AND THE SON OF ZOO'S MALE PANDA TIAN TIAN *

ZOO'S MEI XIANG GAVE BIRTH TO TWINS SAT, BUT THE SMALLER CUB, ALSO A MALE, DIED WED OF UNDETERMINED CAUSES *

DURING BREEDING, MEI XIANG WAS INSEMINATED WITH SEMEN FROM TIAN TIAN AND A PANDA IN CHINA *

ASHLEY MADISON CEO NOEL BIDERMAN RESIGNS FOLLOWING ADULTERY WEBSITE'S MASSIVE COMPUTER BREACH *

TORONTO-BASED PARENT COMPANY AVID LIFE MEDIA SAYS BIDERMAN'S DEPARTURE WAS A MUTUAL DECISION AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMPANY *

HACKERS ORIGINALLY BREACHED COMPANY'S SYSTEMS IN JULY, THEN POSTED MILLIONS OF MEMBERS' INFO ONLINE A MONTH LATER AFTER AVID LIFE IGNORED HACKERS' DEMANDS TO SHUT DOWN *

FED JUDGE SENTENCES VA 17-YR-OLD TO 11 YRS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS *

ALI SHUKRI AMIN OF MANASSAS PLEADED GUILTY ON JUNE 11 *

HE REPORTEDLY ADMITTED HELPING AN 18-YR-OLD PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY RESIDENT TRAVEL TO SYRIA TO JOIN ISIS IN JAN 2015 *

HE ALSO ADMITTED TO PROVIDING INSTRUCTION FOR HOW TO USE BITCOIN TO ISIS SUPPORTERS VIA TWITTER...CASE WAS INVESTIGATED BY FBI'S JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE *

NH JURY CONVICTS FMR PREP SCHOOL STUDENT ON MISDEMEANOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES, BUT ACQUITS HIM OF FELONY RAPE IN CONNECTION WITH A 15-YR-OLD FRESHMAN *

19-YR-OLD OWEN LABRIE WAS CONVICTED OF USING A COMPUTER TO LURE A MINOR FOR SEXUAL CONTACT, AND PROSECUTOR SAYS HE MUST NOW REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER *

LABRIE SAYS HE AND THE GIRL HAD CONSENSUAL SEXUAL CONTACT, BUT NOT INTERCOURSE...PROSECUTORS SAY ENCOUNTER WAS PART OF "SENIOR SALUTE," A SCHOOL TRADITION IN WHICH SENIORS TRY TO HAVE SEX WITH UNDERCLASSMEN *

LABRIE WAS ACCUSED OF RAPING THE GIRL IN AN ACADEMIC BUILDING AT THE PRESTIGIOUS ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL TWO DAYS BEFORE HE GRADUATED LAST YR *

AT LEAST A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED THURS ON EASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF DOMINICA *

KY COUNTY CLERK ASKS U.S. SUPREME COURT FOR PERMISSION TO DENY MARRIAGE LICENSES TO SAME-SEX COUPLES WHILE HER APPEAL IS BEING HEARD *

CITING RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS, ROWAN COUNTY CLERK KIM DAVIS STOPPED ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES DAY AFTER U.S. SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED STATE BANS ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN JUNE *

A FED JUDGE ORDERED DAVIS TO ISSUE MARRIAGE LICENSES, AND A FED APPEALS COURT UPHELD THAT DECISION THIS WK *

DAVIS'S ATTYS PETITIONED SUPREME COURT FRI TO DELAY LOWER COURT RULING UNTIL HER APPEAL IS FINISHED, A PROCESS THAT COULD TAKE MONTHS *

71 MIGRANTS, INCLUDING FOUR CHILDREN AND EIGHT WOMEN, FOUND DEAD IN ABANDONED TRUCK ON SIDE OF HIGHWAY CONNECTING VIENNA AND BUDAPEST *

AUSTRIAN POLICE SAY THE 71 VICTIMS APPEAR TO HAVE SUFFOCATED *

AUSTRIAN POLICE SAY THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED; HUNGARIAN POLICE SAY FOUR *

MEANWHILE, U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY SAYS SOME 200 PEOPLE ARE MISSING AND FEARED DEAD AFTER TWO MIGRANT SHIPS CAPSIZED OFF THE COAST OF LIBYA *

U. N. SAYS MORE THAN 2,500 PEOPLE HAVE DIED WHILE TRYING TO REACH EUROPE THIS YEAR, NOT INCLUDING LATEST VICTIMS OFF COAST OF LIBYA *