Congress has sent President Barack Obama a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring. The legislation would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases and qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000. Under the current terms, buyers had until April 30 to get a signed sales contract and until June 30 to complete the sale. The bill only allows people who already have signed contracts to finish at the later date. The House approved the measure Tuesday. Legislation in the Senate was approved Wednesday night by unanimous consent.
Arlington survey: Military officials vowed Wednesday to conduct a complete survey of the 330,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery in light of revelations that 211 graves did not correspond with burial maps. Army Secretary John McHugh told House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that 27 of the discrepancies have been resolved.
Gore sex allegations: Police in Portland, Ore., said Wednesday they are reopening an investigation into a massage therapist's allegations that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at a hotel in 2006. They did not say why the investigation was being reopened.
Democratic convention: The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that it chose among four cities for its 2012 convention: Cleveland, Minneapolis, Charlotte, N.C., and St. Louis.
Philippines president: Promising to end the Philippines' intractable corruption, Benigno S. Aquino III took office as the nation's 15th president on Wednesday.
German president: Christian Wulff, Chancellor Angela Merkel's choice for president, was elected in the third round of voting Wednesday.