Oregon weighs whether all kids should get outdoor education

MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. (AP) — Each year, thousands of Oregon parents hug their kids goodbye and send them tramping into the wilderness for up to a week to learn about their state's natural wonders.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Syria airstrikes kill 17, mostly children, outside school

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes in Syria killed 17 people, mostly children on Wednesday when warplanes struck a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists said.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

Lawsuit challenges Denver's sweeps of the homeless

DENVER (AP) — When Jerry Burton's sleeping bag and tent were removed by city workers from his campsite near a rapidly developing area close to downtown Denver, he was able to start over again with backup gear he keeps hidden for emergencies — whether his or someone else's. Now he's one of nine homeless people suing in federal court to try to stop the city's sweeps of homeless encampments and, as he sees it, restore the dignity and respect of people who can't find a home of their own in a growing city.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Police: Oklahoma man wanted for violent crimes had hit list

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say the Oklahoma man who has been wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes, including the killings of two relatives, had a hit list purporting to target several more people.

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and surrounding areas, where the U.N. says militants have committed a number of atrocities in recent days, officials said Wednesday.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press