US moving to increase troops in Iraq; IS leader killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American troops in Iraq amid new strikes this week that killed the Islamic State's finance minister and other senior leaders. Still, top U.S. defense officials say the deaths won't "break the back" of the extremist group, which is in a fierce fight for an ancient city in Syria and claimed responsibility for bombing a soccer stadium in Iraq.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

Seeing holes in effort to bridge 'word gap' in poor children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his foundation was awarding $5 million to launch Providence's high-tech idea to improve the vocabularies of the city's youngest children, he said he hoped the pilot could take root in Rhode Island and spread across the nation.

  • Written by MATT O'BRIEN, Associated Press

Michigan lawmakers: As Congress bickers, Flint suffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after problems began with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and nearly six months after officials declared a public health emergency, a bipartisan congressional effort to aid the predominantly African-American city is idling in the Senate — stalled by the objections of a single senator from Utah.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

NC Anti-discrimination law elicits rebukes from businesses

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Corporations expressed disappointment and the NCAA vowed to monitor what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned any local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

Indiana governor signs fetal defects abortion ban into law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

  • Written by ARIC CHOKEY, Associated Press