Possible deal explored in Rangel ethics case: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Charles Rangel’s lawyers are trying to determine if a deal can be reached to settle ethics charges against him and avoid a trial that could hurt his Democratic Party just before the November election, party aides said on Saturday.

Scottish official sought at U.S. Lockerbie hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senator has asked that a Scottish representative appear at next week’s congressional hearing on the release of the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Flooding, tornadoes in Midwest as storms continue

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Powerful storms spawned by intense heat and humidity produced flooding and tornadoes in the Midwestern United States on Saturday, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes.

One week delay seen in BP relief well drilling

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc moved ships and workers back to a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a storm diminished on Saturday, but work to permanently seal the blown-out well could be delayed at least a week.

Taliban say 2 U.S. soldiers captured in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan insurgents captured two U.S. soldiers and are holding them in southern Logar province, a Taliban official said on Saturday.