Israel takes steps toward new settlement in volatile city

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Monday confirmed that they have begun the process of expanding an Israeli settlement in Hebron, a West Bank city that has been the focus of nearly a year of violence.

  • Written by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

Turkey vows to fight IS after attack kills 54, many children

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is determined to fight Islamic State group extremists inside Turkey and in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday, after a suicide bomber attacked a Kurdish wedding party, killing at least 54 people, many of them children.

  • Written by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

Voting rights restored again for 13K felons in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state Supreme Court, the Democrat said Monday.

  • Written by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama's transgender rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —€” A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

  • Written by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press