US-backed Syrian force captures key IS stronghold

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters have seized a key Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria after two months of heavy fighting and freed hundreds of civilians the extremists had used as human shields, Syrian Kurdish officials and an opposition activist group said Saturday.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Nephew in 'Making a Murderer' has conviction thrown out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge overturned the conviction of a Wisconsin man found guilty of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case profiled in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer," ruling that investigators coerced a confession using deceptive tactics.

  • Written by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Thai police look for suspects after bombs hit tourist sites

HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Thais and tourists headed warily into the main part of a long holiday weekend Saturday as police looked for suspects and a motive behind a series of blasts that shook resort towns across Thailand, killing four people and wounding dozens more.

  • Written by PENNY WANG, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press

New Mexico village cop slain; motorist shot; 3 in custody

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico police officer was gunned down during a traffic stop and a motorist was shot during a rest stop carjacking before authorities were able to chase down three suspects and take them into custody, Dona Ana County law enforcement officials say.