RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill expanding where gun owners are allowed to carry concealed weapons. The bill allows permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn't expressly forbid it. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast has caught fire. The blaze broke out late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout. Federal officials say no injuries have been reported from the fire. It's unclear when crews will attempt to extinguish the blaze.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan compromise on student loan rates. Interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1 because Congress did not act. Lawmakers say the rate is unacceptably high but they differ on how best to restore them. Under the deal, interest rates would be linked to the financial markets.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A boat carrying would-be asylum seekers to Australia has sunk in Indonesian waters. An official from Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency says more than 150 survivors have been rescued. At least three people died, but it's unclear how many more may be missing. A rescuer says the asylum seekers are mostly from Iran and Iraq.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants and the Reds split a double header in San Francisco Tuesday night and the visiting team won both games, sort of. The second game was a makeup after the teams were rained out in Cincinnati on July 4, so the Reds batted last and wore home uniforms as the visiting team. The Giants won the game 5-3, after dropping the opener 9-3.