Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government Thursday in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.

  • Written by STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

UN: IS using tens of thousands as human shields in Mosul

QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege

BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant over $7M in defamation case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

  • Written by TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press