US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military member assisting Iraqi forces in their push to retake Mosul was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, marking the first American combat casualty in the campaign to oust the Islamic State group from its last major stronghold in northern Iraq.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.

  • Written by EMAD MATTI, Associated Press ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

Typhoon Haima lashes China; death toll up in Philippines

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.

  • Written by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press