Federal government halts work on part of pipeline project

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The federal government stepped into the fight over the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, ordering work to stop on one segment of the project in North Dakota and asking the Texas-based company building it to "voluntarily pause" action on a wider span that an American Indian tribe says holds sacred artifacts.

  • Written by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

US, Russia seal Syria cease-fire, new military partnership

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia working in lockstep against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria. A rejuvenated truce that will compel President Bashar Assad's air and ground forces to pull back. New flows of badly needed humanitarian aid.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press, JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Appeals court blocks proof-of-citizenship voting requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from requiring residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form.

  • Written by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

23 dead in explosion and fire at Bangladesh factory

NEW DELHI (AP) — A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 workers and injuring dozens, officials said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Official: Police chief investigated for illegal gun sales

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police chief killed himself soon after learning that authorities were investigating allegations he illegally sold city-owned firearms, including an assault rifle, a sheriff's official said Friday.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press, REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press