Iraq steps up strikes on IS-held Hawija ahead of offensive


BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi air force and the U.S.-led coalition have stepped up a campaign of airstrikes on the Islamic State group-held town of Hawija ahead of a planned ground assault there, according to Iraq's minister of defense Saturday.

  • Written by By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

For Trump and Ryan, a tortured relationship grows more so

WASHINGTON (AP) — It started out cold as ice, and then turned warm and friendly. Now the tortured relationship between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan has gone cool again, with the Republican president making clear he has no qualms about bucking the GOP leader to cut deals with his Democratic foes.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

The US West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?


DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National Park.


  • Written by By DAN ELLIOTT , Associated Press