Iraqi forces push toward Mosul, Shiite militias join battle

SHURA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces pushed into a town south of Mosul on Saturday after Islamic State fighters fled with civilians used as human shields, as state-sanctioned Shiite militias joined the offensive by opening up a new front to the west.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

Supreme Court to hear case of transgender bathroom policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Oregon standoff acquittal sparks fears of new land disputes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stunning acquittal of seven people who occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon during an armed standoff raised fears Friday that the verdict could embolden other militant groups in a long-running dispute over government-owned Western lands.

  • Written by ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press

Tense oil pipeline protest subsides at least temporarily

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A tense protest over the Dakota Access pipeline subsided at least temporarily after some protest leaders urged activists to leave a barricade near a state highway bridge.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

Clinton tries to quell resurgent email issue late in race

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has been a reluctant participant in the email controversy that has dogged her campaign, responding defensively to inquiries — and often only when there's a political imperative to do so.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press