US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters, to Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

3D printer used to create new feet for duck

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) — A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.


Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman. Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back injury, has lived since his 2013 release solely on his monthly $733 disability check. When his food runs short, he faces a choice that has costly implications for the state— if he gets caught.

  • Written by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

In quake-devastated Ecuador, loss piles up amid the rubble

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (AP) — It was supposed to be a family reunion to celebrate a young relative's start of college. But the gathering ended in tragedy when a collapsing building crushed 17-year-old Sayira Quinde, her mother, father and toddler brother in their rusting Chevy Blazer.

  • Written by ALLEN PANCHANA, Associated Press