Defense, foreign ministers to plan next steps against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations are gathering in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the Islamic State and to determine what more they can do as the fights for key cities in Iraq and Syria move forward.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

No exit: Safety failures turned Baghdad bombing into inferno

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.

  • Written by HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement.

  • Written by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

Macy's tests artificial intelligence tool to improve service

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they're in — like where a particular brand is located or what's in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Top US admiral says China exchanges conditional on safety

BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. admiral said Wednesday that friendly exchanges with China's navy are conditional on safe interactions at sea, an indication of Washington's concern over recent fractious encounters with Chinese forces in and over the disputed South China Sea.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press