UN chief: Syria cease-fire holds despite growing breaches

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding "by and large" on its third day despite sporadic fighting and growing accusations of violations.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

US cyberattacks can expose Islamic State communications


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. cyberattacks to disrupt the Islamic State's communications and overload their networks could force the militant group to use older technologies that are easier for the U.S. to intercept, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides law agencies

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The hazing of four high school freshmen on a basketball trip has outraged authorities in their hometown: Police said three older teammates repeatedly shoved a pool cue at their backsides and into one boy's rectum, causing internal injuries that required emergency surgery.

  • Written by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

States reduce jobless checks, adding pressure to unemployed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When Demetrius White recently lost his job as a $10-an-hour forklift driver loading pallets of shampoo, he applied for unemployment benefits to help support his family.

  • Written by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Debate lingers over massive clean-up of Hudson River

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dredging operations to clean chemicals from the upper Hudson River may have finally ended after six years and $1.5 billion but some advocates are pushing for another round.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press