Iraqi Kurdish forces advance into IS-held town east of Mosul

NEAR BASHIQA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish fighters exchanged heavy fire with militants early on Monday as they advanced from two directions into a town held by the Islamic State group east of the city of Mosul.

  • Written by BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Investigators expand search for remains following confession

WOODRUFF, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man's confession to a decade-long crime spree has cracked open a cold case that had haunted the victims' relatives and has prompted law enforcement investigators to expand their search for human remains beyond the property where they discovered a woman chained inside a storage container.

  • Written by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Deadly police response to medical alert focus of trial

NEW YORK (AP) — When Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.'s medical alert pendant accidentally went off five years ago, the 68-year-old told police who showed up that he was fine, barred them from entering his apartment and repeatedly asked them to go away.

  • Written by TOM HAYS, Associated Press

Samsung to offer digital assistant service in Galaxy S8

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will offer an artificial intelligence assistant service in the upcoming flagship smartphone, as the South Korean firm seeks recovery from its global smartphone recalls.

  • Written by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer

In rare step, China bars 2 Hong Kong lawmakers from office

BEIJING (AP) — China's top legislature took the rare step Monday of intervening directly in a local Hong Kong political dispute by effectively barring two legally elected separatist lawmakers from taking office, setting the stage for further turmoil in the semiautonomous city.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press