New hurricane forms in Pacific

Sandra has become a hurricane in the eastern Pacific off Mexico and is expected to strengthen even further in the next couple of days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm reached maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

GOP targets conservative voters

Top Senate Republicans hope their drive to obliterate President Obamaís health care law and block Planned Parenthoodís federal funds will spotlight their support for conservative causes, even if a veto awaits.

Traffic deaths increase in U.S.

After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nationís highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.