Iraqi forces enter Mosul city limits, main urban fight ahead

GOGJALI, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's special forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, taking the state television building and advancing despite fierce resistance by Islamic State group fighters who hold the city, an Iraqi general said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press

Palestinian lawyer fights for women, one divorce at a time

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a divorce court where a man's testimony is worth twice a woman's, victory for lawyer Reema Shamasneh is rare and often bittersweet.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

Transit strike leaves Philly commuters stuck, scrambling

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuters scrambled Tuesday to find alternate ways to travel as transit workers in Philadelphia hit the picket lines after the city's main transit agency and a union representing about 4,700 workers failed to reach a contract agreement.

  • Written by MEGAN TRIMBLE, Associated Press

'Norfolk Four' to ask Va. governor to declare them innocent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were tossed by a federal judge plan to ask Virginia's governor to formally declare that they are innocent.

  • Written by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

No dropping: Law mandating horse poop bags rankles Amish

AUBURN, Ky. (AP) — Amish residents of a western Kentucky town are fighting back against an ordinance requiring large animals to wear collection bags to catch their droppings, arguing that the law unfairly singles out their community.