Syrian commander says Raqqa has been captured from militants

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa on Tuesday from Islamic State militants, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its "caliphate."...

AP News Guide: Instability set to follow IS collapse

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse....

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids....

Trump's claim about predecessors, fallen troops disputed

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

LONDON (AP) -- Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life....

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles....

Bannon boosts Flake challenger, snubs Trump plea to back off

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is rebuffing President Donald Trump's public plea for him to retreat in his war on the Republican establishment, personally boosting the candidacy of a challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake....

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication - the sheer age and health issues of some senators....

Me Too: Alyssa Milano elevates Harvey Weinstein conversation

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alyssa Milano was in bed with her two young children when a friend of a friend on Facebook suggested something that struck her as a great way to elevate the Harvey Weinstein conversation. She took the idea to Twitter, posting: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."...

A new spectator sport for the TV superfan: 'binge racing'

NEW YORK (AP) -- For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn't streaming. This is a gusher....

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New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles....

911 calls on nursing home dying: 'Oh my God, this is crazy'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of a crisis unfolding. But newly released emergency calls from a sweltering Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning to Hurricane Irma showed staffers becoming increasingly agitated by a disaster that would eventually claim 14 elderly lives....

Trump returns favor by campaigning for an early supporter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump waded back into Southern politics Monday, showering praise on one of his earliest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster....

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids....

Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life....

Authorities suspend search for missing worker after blast

KENNER, La. (AP) -- Authorities have suspended the search Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said....

Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill self

WEEPING WATER, Neb. (AP) -- Investigators say a Nebraska man facing an assisted suicide charge in his Florida girlfriend's death believed she had stage-four cancer, but an autopsy didn't find any tumors....

Las Vegans help after tragedy with garden, free services

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The day after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival from a high-rise Las Vegas hotel, a local landscaper was at City Hall with an idea for remembering the 58 people killed in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history....

Minnesota Somalis mourn, pray for those impacted by bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Members of Minnesota's large Somali community said Monday they are heartbroken and grieving but searching for ways to help after the weekend bombing in Somalia that killed more than 300 people....

Trump's claim about predecessors, fallen troops disputed

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Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids....

Chinese nationals indicted on illegal drug manufacturing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted on charges that they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States....

Look who's talking: It's President Donald Trump - again

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again....

Bannon boosts Flake challenger, snubs Trump plea to back off

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is rebuffing President Donald Trump's public plea for him to retreat in his war on the Republican establishment, personally boosting the candidacy of a challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake....

Trump returns favor by campaigning for an early supporter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump waded back into Southern politics Monday, showering praise on one of his earliest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster....

Florida candidate: Aliens took me aboard their ship at age 7

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida candidate for Congress said Monday she stands by her claims she was abducted to an alien spaceship at age 7 but that the incident shouldn't detract from what she's done here on Earth since then....

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication - the sheer age and health issues of some senators....

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails....

Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate....

Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often....

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Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) -- Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered....

Astros out of sorts in 8-1 loss at Yanks, lead ALCS 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cameron Maybin sprinted toward the left-field line and suddenly stopped, with plenty of room to spare....

AP source: Suspended Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY

Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night....

Silver and MJ: 1 man's NBA garbage is another man's beauty

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Silver's NBA has endless action and daily drama....

Spurs' Popovich labels Trump 'a soulless coward'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has called President Donald Trump "a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others" in response to Trump's comment Monday that former President Barack Obama and other commanders in chief "didn't make calls" to families of fallen soldiers....

10 things to know as the NBA season gets underway

Happy New Year, NBA....

Woodyard's stop helps Titans end 11-game skid against Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention....

LEADING OFF: Cubs try to dent Dodgers, Judge breaks loose

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:...

Rude welcome: Irving set for return to 'rowdy' Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving is coming home to where his NBA journey began six years ago....

Questions and answers about Colin Kaepernick's grievance

Let's assume that Colin Kaepernick is better than several quarterbacks - backups, and even starters - who have managed to find jobs on NFL rosters this season....

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