Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, causing "lots of casualties" in fighting south of the city….
Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — 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….
As crews gain ground, California fire victims return home
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home….
Catalan leader’s letter doesn’t clarify independence status
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's leader called for dialogue with Spain and a meeting with the country's prime minister, complying with a Monday deadline to respond to a request from the central government to state explicitly whether the regional president had declared independence….
Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments, calling his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage….
In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her….
California fires turn shelters into extended homes
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Barking dogs, loud snorers and a woman who appears to have dementia crying out every night. Trying to sleep on a cot in a shelter for fire evacuees is not easy….
Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi city still held by pro-Islamic State militants, top security officials said….
Trump tax plan paints pretty picture for art collectors
WASHINGTON (AP) — For art aficionados, President Donald Trump's tax plan paints a pretty picture….
Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just a year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw….