Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege

BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant over $7M in defamation case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

  • Written by TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press

Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police

MAKILALA, Philippines (AP) — Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused of involvement in drug trafficking. On Friday, the mayor and nine of his men were killed in a clash with police, in the deadliest operation in Duterte's anti-drug crackdown.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS