Germany slams Russian plan to attack Reichstag replica

BERLIN (AP) — German officials are criticizing plans by the Russian military to build a replica of Berlin's Parliament building as a target for Russian teenagers to attack at a patriotic theme park near Moscow.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

Police begin making arrests in pipeline protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON and BLAKE NICHOLSON , Associated Press

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.

  • Written by ANDREW DeMILLO , Associated Press

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested.

  • Written by AMY TAXIN , Associated Press