Battle for Aleppo a pivotal moment for besieged residents

BEIRUT (AP) — The 28-year-old Syrian attorney turned down a scholarship to study economics in Germany in order to remain in his native Aleppo after rebels took it over in 2012, promising a new administration and life free of the rule of President Bashar Assad.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor.

  • Written by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

FBI: 1st US law enforcement officer charged in terror sting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors brought the first-ever federal terrorism charges against a law enforcement officer in the U.S., alleging Wednesday that a patrol officer with the D.C. region's Metro Transit Police was caught in sting buying about $250 worth of gift cards for the Islamic State group.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

America in one word? 'Free,' 'great,' or 'divided,' 'broken'

NEW YORK (AP) — Free and great, or divided and confused. Diverse and powerful, or troubled and broken. In search of a single word encapsulating their country at this moment, Americans offered pollsters a lexicon reflecting both hope and dissonance.

  • Written by MATT SEDENSKY, AP National Writer

Texas professors sue over guns on campus before class begins

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' new law allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms has barely started and already faces a legal challenge seeking to block it before students return for the fall semester.

  • Written by JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press