Fed is widely expected to leave key interest rate unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) — With voters set to choose a new president and Congress in six days, the Federal Reserve will likely keep a low profile when it ends a meeting Wednesday to try to ensure it doesn't become part of the debate at the close of a tumultuous political campaign.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Iraqi forces enter Mosul city limits, main urban fight ahead

GOGJALI, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's special forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, taking the state television building and advancing despite fierce resistance by Islamic State group fighters who hold the city, an Iraqi general said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press

Palestinian lawyer fights for women, one divorce at a time

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a divorce court where a man's testimony is worth twice a woman's, victory for lawyer Reema Shamasneh is rare and often bittersweet.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

Transit strike leaves Philly commuters stuck, scrambling

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuters scrambled Tuesday to find alternate ways to travel as transit workers in Philadelphia hit the picket lines after the city's main transit agency and a union representing about 4,700 workers failed to reach a contract agreement.

  • Written by MEGAN TRIMBLE, Associated Press