AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo

As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 60 people have been killed in less than 24 hours in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city.

A look at Aleppo:

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Biden cites 'serious' progress toward defeating IS in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Iraq on Thursday, described progress toward defeating the Islamic State group as "serious" and "committed" despite a crippling political crisis that threatens those gains.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes

DETROIT (AP) — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper.

  • Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press

Biden arrives in Iraq to try to help settle political crisis

BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Thursday on a visit intended to help Iraqi leaders resolve a political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Hastert judge delivered verbal equivalent of public flogging

CHICAGO (AP) — When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker's hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press