McCain promotes drilling for oil off US coast (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left,accompanied by his wife Cindy, as he speaks to reporters during a tour of  the Red Ribbon Ranch Oil Lease, San Joaquin Facilities Management Inc., Monday, July 28, 2008 in Bakersfield, Calif.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)AP – Republican John McCain said Monday that drilling for oil off the U.S. coast is an essential part of any plan to lower gas prices and reduce dependence on foreign sources, and he criticized Democrat Barack Obama for opposing it.

Beijing cites numerous Olympic threats (AP)

A Chinese paramilitary police officer asks two girls to move away from the fence outside the Beijing Olympic national stadium, known as Bird's Nest in Beijing, Sunday, July 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)AP – Just over a week before the Beijing Olympics, a militant Islamic group’s claims of responsibility for bombings in China have fueled unease about security. The government has assured its people and the Olympic community that heavy security will ensure a secure games.

Al-Qaida figure reported killed in missile strike (AP)

President Bush, right, accompanied by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, makes a statement, Monday, July 28, 2008, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after their meeting.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP – Missiles hit a building in a Pakistani village on the border with Afghanistan on Monday, and intelligence officials said they were investigating reports that a senior al-Qaida figure was among six people killed.

US deficit zooming to half-trillion as Bush leaves (AP)

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., left, looks on as Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2008, to discuss the budget deficit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)AP – The government’s budget deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars next year, according to gloomy new estimates, a record flood of red ink that promises to force the winner of the presidential race to dramatically alter his economic agenda.

Bush OKs execution of Army death row prisoner (AP)

President Bush speaks about the USAID Freedom Agenda, Thursday, July 24, 2008, in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)AP – President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army private, the first time in over a half-century that a president has affirmed a death sentence for a member of the U.S. military.

Spokesman: Winehouse to ER for reaction to meds (AP)

In this file photo dated June 27, 2008, British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in London. A spokesman for Winehouse said late Monday, July 28, 2008 the she has been admitted to a London hospital. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)AP – Amy Winehouse was hospitalized Monday night for a reaction to medication but was expected to be released by morning, representatives for the Grammy-winning singer said.

Drug charge dismissed against Gamecocks receiver

An attorney for South Carolina freshman receiver Dion Lecorn says the simple possession of marijuana charge against his client has been dismissed. Attorney Lowell Bernstein says the case was dismissed Monday for lack of evidence.