US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed hopes as the situation on the ground becomes more volatile and uncertain with the introduction of Turkish ground forces.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Soldier who killed 5 Dallas officers showed PTSD symptoms

The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers last month showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan in 2014, but doctors concluded that he presented no serious risk to himself or others, according to newly released documents from the Veterans Health Administration.

  • Written by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press

Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country's north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded that the Kurds withdraw from recently seized territory.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

  • Written by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press