HOUSE SELECT BENGHAZI COMMITTEE RELEASES REPORT ON DEADLY SEPT 11, 2012 ATTACKS ON U.S. CONSULATE IN LIBYA, FAULTING OBAMA ADMIN FOR SLOW RESPONSE SENDING RESOURCES AFTER ATTACKS *

PANEL CHAIR, REP TREY GOWDY (R-SC) SAYS REPORT DOCUMENTS THAT U.S. WAS SLOW TO SEND HELP "BECAUSE OF AN OBSESSION WITH HURTING THE LIBYANS' FEELINGS" *

GOWDY ADDS PANEL'S REPORT IS NOT A POLITICAL ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE HILLARY CLINTON'S PRESIDENTIAL BID, AS MANY DEMS HAVE CHARGED *

RPT ALSO FINDS OBAMA ADMIN INITIALLY BLAMED ATTACKS ON PROTESTS OVER ANTI-MUSLIM INTERNET VIDEO, DESPITE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS TO THE CONTRARY *

FOUR AMERICANS, INCLUDING U.S. AMB CHRIS STEVENS, WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK *

DEMS RELEASED RPT MON CALLING STATE DEPT SECURITY MEASURES IN BENGHAZI "WOEFULLY INADEQUATE," BUT SAYING CLINTON NEVER PERSONALLY DENIED REQUESTS FOR ADDED SECURITY *

EGYPT'S INVESTIGATION COMMISSION SAYS ONE OF TWO "BLACK BOXES" FROM EGYPTAIR PLANE THAT CRASHED LAST MONTH HAS BEEN FULLY REPAIRED *

FLIGHT DATA RECORDER WAS FOUND TWO WEEKS AGO, BUT HAD BROKEN INTO SEVERAL PARTS AND SUFFERED SERIOUS DAMAGE, WHICH MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE CONSISTENT READINGS *

ANNOUNCEMENT COMES A DAY AFTER FRENCH AUTHORITIES OPENED A MANSLAUGHTER INQUIRY INTO THE CRASH, SAYING THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE SO FAR TO CONNECT IT TO TERRORISM *

FLIGHT MS804 WAS EN ROUTE FROM PARIS TO CAIRO WHEN IT CRASHED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ON MAY 19, KILLING ALL 66 PEOPLE ON BOARD *

U.S. ECONOMY GREW A BIT MORE QUICKLY THAN INITIALLY ESTIMATED, AS COMMERCE DEPT REVISES FIRST-QUARTER GDP UP TO 1.1% FROM PREVIOUS ESTIMATE OF 0.8% *

UPWARD REVISION REFLECTS STRONGER EXPORT SALES AND LESS DRAG FROM BUSINESS INVESTMENT *

OFFSETTING THOSE GAINS, CONSUMER SPENDING GROWTH WAS REVISED DOWN TO 1.5%, WEAKEST SHOWING SINCE THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 *

FL CONFIRMS ITS FIRST ZIKA-RELATED CASE OF MICROCEPHALY, IN A CHILD WHOSE MOTHER CONTRACTED THE VIRUS IN HAITI *

MOTHER IS A HAITIAN CITIZEN WHO CAME TO FL TO GIVE BIRTH *

FED HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE TRACKED FOUR BABIES BORN IN U.S. WITH ZIKA-LINKED BIRTH DEFECTS, WHILE DEFECTS HAVE ALSO SEEN IN FOUR OTHER PREGNANCIES THAT ENDED IN MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTHS AND TERMINATIONS *

ALL THE CASES STEM FROM TRAVEL IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN *

SENATE DEMS BLOCK GOP PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE $1.1 BIL TO FIGHT ZIKA VIRUS, FAULTING REPUBS FOR PACKING MEASURE WITH RESTRICTIONS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD MONEY AND CHANGES TO POLICIES ON PESTICIDE SPRAYING *

NEARLY PARTY-LINE 52-48 VOTE WAS SHORT OF 60 VOTES REQUIRED TO ADVANCE MEASURE *

OBAMA ADMIN REQUESTED $1.9 BIL IN EMERGENCY FUNDS IN FEB *

LEGENDARY COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH PAT SUMMITT DIES AT AGE 64 *

SUMMITT, THE WINNINGEST COACH IN DIVISION I HISTORY, HELPED GROW COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AS HER LADY TENNESSEE VOLS DOMINATED THE SPORT IN LATE 1980S AND 1990S, WINNING SIX TITLES IN 12 YEARS *

SHE ANNOUNCED IN 2011 AT AGE 59 THAT SHE'D BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA AND COACHED ONE MORE SEASON BEFORE STEPPING DOWN *

SWEDEN WINS ELECTION TO SEAT ON U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL, DEFEATING THE NETHERLANDS AND ITALY WHO MUST NOW BATTLE FOR SECOND OPEN EUROPEAN SEAT *

IN RACE FOR ASIAN SEAT, KAZAKHSTAN AND THAILAND MUST VIE IN SECOND VOTE AFTER FAILING TO GAIN REQUIRED 2/3 MAJORITY OF THOSE VOTING IN 193-MEMBER GEN ASSEMBLY *

ETHIOPIA AND BOLIVIA, WHO FACED NO OPPOSITION, WERE ALSO ELECTED TO U.N.'S MOST POWERFUL BODY *

15-MEMBER SECURITY COUNCIL INCLUDES FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS WITH VETO POWER: THE U.S., RUSSIA, CHINA, BRITAIN AND FRANCE *

NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS ARE ELECTED FOR TWO-YEAR TERMS, WITH SEATS BEING ALLOCATED BY REGION, AND REGIONAL GROUPS NOMINATING CANDIDATES *

AT LEAST 10 DEAD FOLLOWING TWO EXPLOSIONS AT ISTANBUL'S MAIN AIRPORT, TURKEY'S JUSTICE MIN SAYS... DOZENS REPORTEDLY WOUNDED *

TURKEY HAS FACED SEVERAL BOMBINGS IN RECENT MONTHS LINKED TO KURDISH MILITANTS OR ISIS...STORY DEVELOPING *

NATO SECY-GEN JENS STOLTENBERG SAYS COOPERATION BETWEEN EU AND U.S.-LED NATO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER FOLLOWING UK'S DECISION TO LEAVE EU *

"BREXIT" HAS SPARKED FEARS ALLIANCE'S COLLECTIVE SECURITY EFFORTS WILL WEAKEN, ESPECIALLY REGARDING ISIS VIOLENCE AND RUSSIAN AGGRESSION TOWARDS UKRAINE *

STOLTENBERG SAYS LONDON OFFICIALS HAVE ASSURED HIM THE UK'S ALLEGIANCE TO NATO IS UNWAVERING *

FED JUDGE IN MIAMI FINDS 21 CUBAN MIGRANTS WHO REACHED LIGHTHOUSE OFF FL KEYS LAST MONTH SHOULD BE RETURNED TO CUBA BECAUSE STRUCTURE DOESN'T COUNT AS DRY LAND *

ATTYS FOR MIGRANTS HAD ARGUED LIGHTHOUSE, SOME 7 MILES OFF FL KEYS, IS U.S. TERRITORY *

GOVT ATTYS ACKNOWLEDGED LIGHTHOUSE IS U.S. PROPERTY BUT ARGUED IT'S NOT EQUAL TO DRY LAND *

UNDER "WET-FOOT, DRY-FOOT" POLICY, CUBANS WHO REACH U.S. SHORES ARE USUALLY ALLOWED TO STAY, WHILE THOSE INTERCEPTED AT SEA ARE GENERALLY RETURNED HOME *

U.S.-BASED HOSPITALITY COMPANY STARWOOD BEGINS MANAGING HAVANA HOTEL OWNED BY CUBAN MILITARY, OPENING ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOLES IN U.S. TRADE EMBARGO ON CUBA SINCE RULES WERE RELAXED IN DEC 2014 *

OBAMA ADMIN PERMITTED DEAL WITH SPECIAL TREASURY DEPT LICENSE AND STARWOOD ANNOUNCED IT ON THE EVE OF PRES OBAMA'S MARCH VISIT TO CUBA *

STARWOOD OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE INVESTING MILLIONS IN THE 186-ROOM QUINTA AVENIDA HOTEL IN HAVANA'S UPSCALE MIRAMAR NEIGHBORHOOD *

CANADA AND MEXICO AGREE TO SETTLE LONG-RUNNING BILATERAL DISPUTES AHEAD OF U.S. PRES ELECTION *

BEGINNING JAN 1, CANADA WILL SCRAP RULES FORCING MEXICAN VISITORS TO OBTAIN VISAS, OVERTURNING RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN 2009 TO STOP BOGUS ASYLUM CLAIMS *

IN RETURN, IN OCT, MEXICO WILL BEGIN ALLOWING EXPANDED IMPORTS OF CANADIAN BEEF, ENDING 13 YRS OF RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AFTER MAD COW DISEASE WAS DISCOVERED IN CANADA *

BOTH COUNTRIES ARE MEMBERS OF NAFTA, THE FUTURE OF WHICH COULD BE IN DOUBT AFTER U.S. PRES ELECTION, WITH DONALD TRUMP VOCALLY OPPOSING IT AND HILLARY CLINTON DISTANCING HERSELF FROM IT *

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, TWO GUNMEN BLEW THEMSELVES UP AFTER OPENING FIRE *