U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly higher in afternoon trading Friday, paring back earlier losses but still on track to end lower for the week. The Nasdaq composite index was weighed down by a slide in semiconductor stocks.
APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. One is seeking universal checks for all sales and transfers, including private transactions. The other would prevent any such expansion.
BERLIN (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday he's confident "social stability" can be preserved in Hong Kong and stressed that Beijing won't change its "one country, two systems" approach to running the territory.