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Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive

Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive

KIRKUK, Iraq — After weeks of threats and posturing, the Iraqi government began a military assault Monday to curb the independence drive by the nation’s Kurdish minority, wresting oil fields and a contested city from separatists pushing to break away...
Updated: 5 hours ago
California becomes first state to ban sales from puppy mills

California becomes first state to ban sales from puppy mills

California has become the first state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills.Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he has signed a law requiring pet stores to work with animal shelters or rescue operations if they want to sell dogs, cats or rabbits. I...
Published: 10/16/17
Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue (w/video)

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue (w/video)

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombing in Somalia’s capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as this country reeled from the deadliest single attack it’s ever experienced. More people have ...
Published: 10/16/17
Somalia’s decadelong battle against extremists hits grim milestone after huge blasts

Somalia’s decadelong battle against extremists hits grim milestone after huge blasts

NAIROBI, Kenya — The death toll from two truck bombs in Somalia’s capital soared to at least 276 on Sunday, as the deadliest attack in the country’s decadelong war with Islamist extremists signaled that the insurgency is far from defeated despite yea...
Published: 10/15/17
Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks (w/audio)

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks (w/audio)

WASHINGTON — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard ...
Published: 10/13/17
They survived six hours in a pool as wildfire burned their neighborhood to ground

They survived six hours in a pool as wildfire burned their neighborhood to ground

By Robin AbcarianSANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jan Pascoe and her husband, John, were trapped. The world was on fire, and Jan was hyperventilating from fear. Then they remembered their neighbors’ pool."You’ve got to calm down, Jan," she told herself. "You can...
Published: 10/12/17
Updated: 10/13/17
Trump scrapping health care subsidies, hitting Obamacare again

Trump scrapping health care subsidies, hitting Obamacare again

New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered poten...
Published: 10/12/17
Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released in Afghanistan

Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — An American woman and her family who have been held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed, ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and FBI agents involved in trying to secure their release, according...
Published: 10/12/17
Spain’s prime minister threatens direct rule if Catalonia presses independence bid

Spain’s prime minister threatens direct rule if Catalonia presses independence bid

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday issued a blistering denunciation of Catalonia’s Oct. 1 regional independence referendum and raised the threat of Madrid imposing direct rule on the northeast region.Rajoy’s stinging...
Published: 10/11/17
Las Vegas police defend shifting time line of shooting, warn it could change again

Las Vegas police defend shifting time line of shooting, warn it could change again

Since the Las Vegas gunman opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel suite, killing 58 people at a country music festival last week and injuring hundreds more before shooting himself, questions have swirled around the attack.Investigators plumbing Stephe...
Published: 10/11/17