Mattis in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders, US commanders

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants, driven from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, are trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer

Committee to hear from founder of firm tied to Trump dossier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump is set to speak behind closed doors to congressional investigators.

  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Commuter train crash injures dozens, none critically

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a transit spokeswoman said.

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UN opens employment center for Syrians in Jordan

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Aid groups have opened an employment center in a sprawling refugee camp in Jordan to provide more work permits for Syrians who have fled civil war.

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Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.

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  • Written by By CLAIRE GALOFARO , Associated Press