US backed fighters almost surround IS stronghold in Syira

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters on Thursday closed all major roads leading to the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a stronghold of the Islamic State group and surrounded it from three sides, officials and Syrian opposition activists said.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Michigan Legislature OKs $617M bailout for Detroit schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature narrowly approved a $617 million bailout and restructuring of Detroit's debt-ridden school district early Thursday, two years after the state spent less than a third of that amount to help the city government emerge from bankruptcy.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

Clinton seizes historic primary win

NEW YORK (AP) — Powered by a solid triumph in California, Hillary Clinton declared victory in her yearlong battle for the heart of the Democratic Party, seizing her place in history and setting out on the difficult task of fusing a fractured party to confront Donald Trump.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press LISA LERER, Associated Press

Swimmer started at Stanford amid assault prevention efforts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brock Turner began his short-lived career as a swimmer at Stanford University two years ago amid renewed efforts by the prestigious California school and other U.S. colleges to prevent campus sexual assaults.

  • Written by LISA LEFF, Associated Press PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press