Study shows value of knee replacement surgery, other options


People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help. That's the bottom line from the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement, an operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the U.S.

  • Written by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

Pentagon: American killed in raid to free Iraqis held by IS


WASHINGTON (AP) — Believing that Islamic State captives held on a compound in northern Iraq faced "imminent mass execution," dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided the site Thursday, freeing approximately 70 Iraqi prisoners in an operation that saw the first American killed in combat in the country since the U.S. war against IS began in 2014, officials said.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: EPA mine spill could have been prevented


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press