Company: 'Substantial progress' on digging blasted gas line

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Workers have made "substantial progress" excavating a pipeline that exploded and burned in central Alabama earlier this week, killing one person and injuring five, even though a small fire continued Thursday, the pipeline company said.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Arctic farming: Town turns to hydroponics for fresh greens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska's Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for northern-growing forests to take root.

  • Written by RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

Authorities: Woman 'chained up like a dog' inside container

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A woman who had been reported missing along with her boyfriend in late August was found "chained up like a dog" inside a storage container, a South Carolina sheriff said Thursday.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Judge found Iowa police slaying suspect exploited, hit mom

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the shootings.

  • Written by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Heavy fighting in Mosul as IS hits tank during Iraqi assault

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul on Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point, to the northeast.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press