Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria


RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition.

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US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa


BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left it in ruins.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

  • Written by JANIE HAR, Associated Press, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press