Iraqi forces launch push to retake area north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by paramilitary forces and aerial support, Iraqi troops on Tuesday launched a new push to retake a key area north of the capital, Baghdad, and dislodge Islamic State militants from there, officials said.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Obama to meet with GOP leaders on court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is due to meet face-to-face Tuesday with the Senate Republican leaders vowing to block his Supreme Court nominee -- no matter who it is -- with the hope of keeping the seat open for a Republican president to fill next year.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

College behind bars: An old idea with some new energy

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Eight years ago, when Noel Caldellis began serving time for killing a university student, his main objective was to make 20-plus years in prison pass as quickly as possible: work out, walk circles in the yard with inmates and watch TV.

  • Written by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

Google self-driving car strikes bus on California street

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A self-driving car being tested by Google struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street, a fender-bender that appears to be the first time one of the tech company's vehicles caused a crash during testing.

  • Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press