US forces increasing Iraq footprint ahead of Mosul operation

CAMP SWIFT, Iraq (AP) — Thirteen years ago, Chase Snow's father was among the American troops who moved into the Iraqi city of Mosul during the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Now Snow, a U.S. Army specialist, is deployed in Iraq to help in the fight to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Early voting allows voters to react quickly after debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton scores a high note or commits a blunder in Sunday's presidential debate, millions of voters can respond almost immediately. They can fill out a mail-in ballot right away or head to a polling location the next day.

  • Written by HOPE YEN, Associated Press

Report shows big increase in people seeking asylum on border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people have sought asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, a dramatic increase that shows how migrants have changed from mostly Mexican men trying to evade capture to more Central American families who often turn themselves in, a report for the federal government shows.

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  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Weakening but still powerful Matthew plows up Atlantic coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Matthew continued its march along the Atlantic coast early Saturday, lashing two of the South's most historic cities, flooding towns and gouging out roads.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press