SpaceX closer to understanding rocket explosion at pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Friday it's closer to understanding last month's rocket explosion at the launch pad and aims to resume flights by year's end.

  • Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

South Korean protesters call for president to step down

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that she let an old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in important state affairs.

  • Written by KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

Iraqi forces push toward Mosul, Shiite militias join battle

SHURA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces pushed into a town south of Mosul on Saturday after Islamic State fighters fled with civilians used as human shields, as state-sanctioned Shiite militias joined the offensive by opening up a new front to the west.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Supreme Court to hear case of transgender bathroom policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Oregon standoff acquittal sparks fears of new land disputes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stunning acquittal of seven people who occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon during an armed standoff raised fears Friday that the verdict could embolden other militant groups in a long-running dispute over government-owned Western lands.

  • Written by ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press