Typhoon Haima leaves at least 7 dead in northern Philippines

VIGAN, Philippines (AP) — Super Typhoon Haima weakened and blew out to sea Thursday after smashing the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain overnight. Flooding, landslides and power outages were evident, but large casualties appeared to have been averted after nearly 100,000 people fled to safer ground.

  • Written by BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press

World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul

PARIS (AP) — Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to protect civilians fleeing the battle to oust Islamic State extremists from Mosul, as the offensive picked up speed and diplomats worked to ensure the gains are lasting — and that jihadists don't escape.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press JEFFREY SCHAEFFER, Associated Press

Syrian forces prepare corridors out of Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of residents left a formerly rebel-controlled suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus Wednesday, as government and Russian forces prepared to open corridors out of the contested city of Aleppo in the hopes of facilitating an exodus from its rebel-held quarters.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

California sheriff's deputy shot to death while on the job

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office said.