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UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE

WASHINGTON -- The fall of Ramadi calls into question the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq.Is there a Plan B? The current U.S. approach is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding Baghdad to reconcile with the nation's Sunnis, and bombing Islamic State targets from the air without committing American ground combat troops. But the rout revealed a weak Iraqi army, slow reconciliation and a bombing campaign that, while effective, is not decisive. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. AP Photos.

WACO SHOOTING

WACO, Texas -- About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs are charged with engaging in organized crime, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18. By Nomaan Merchant and David Warren. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: WACO-SHOOTING HISTORY.

FLIGHT HACKING INVESTIGATION

A security researcher told U.S. agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit. By Carolyn Thompson.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-REPUBLICANS

NEW YORK -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Lindsay Graham edge toward entering the already crowded Republican presidential field, even though both are considered longshots for the party's 2016 nomination. AP Photos.

With: PRESIDENTIAL RACE-JINDAL GLANCE.

BASE JUMPING DEATHS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two wingsuit fliers who leaped from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping and were killed, a friend says. By Kristin J. Bender and Scott Smith. AP Photos.

With: BASE JUMPING-THINGS TO KNOW.

COLOMBIA-DEADLY FLOODING

SALGAR, Colombia -- Mud and debris roared through an alpine town in western Colombia, killing at least 58 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. By Luis Benavides. AP Photos.

OBAMA-POLICE EQUIPMENT

CAMDEN, New Jersey -- President Barack Obama ends long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photos.

CUBA-ELIAN GONZALEZ

HAVANA -- Elian Gonzalez, who spent months with his Florida relatives as a Cuban child at the center of an international custody dispute, said that he'd like to return to the United States for a visit. AP Photos.

AMTRAK CRASH

PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. authorities sayid they're unsure anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train minutes before a deadly derailment in Philadelphia last week, adding another twist to the investigation the day the national passenger rail's trains started running to New York again. By Michael R. Sisak. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-CHILD ABUSE

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Two Argentine judges are under fire for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his 6-year-old victim had suffered earlier abuse and therefore had already been traumatized.

ARCTIC DRILLING

SEATTLE -- Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean attack on two fronts as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit. By Phuong Le. AP Photos.

BOSTON'S LONGEST MARATHON

BOSTON -- The champions were already across the finish line -- the elite marathoners, the ones whose names would go in the books. And Associated Press photographer Charlie Krupa had set himself up amid the celebrative crowd and snapped their triumphant pictures from a makeshift overhead bridge. By Denise Lavoie and William J. Kole. AP Photos.

With: BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING.

CANCER SCREENING

WASHINGTON -- Mammograms at 40 or 50? Every year or every other year? What's the best colon check? Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a U.S. doctors' group aims to ease some confusion -- and encourage more discussion of testing's pros and cons -- with what it calls advice on "high-value screening" for five types of tumors. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. AP Photo.

BRAZIL-CHINA

RIO DE JANIERO -- China's Premier Li Keqiang will accelerate plans for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announce billions in other investments and trade deals, when he visits Brasilia on Tuesday. By Brad Brooks. AP Photos.

STEM CELL CLINICS

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions -- a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

HOT DAYS

WASHINGTON The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photo.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

APPLE-SAMSUNG

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has upheld a jury's finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple's iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could reduce the $930 million in damages the South Korean company had been ordered to pay. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey.

FIAT CHRYSLER-RECALLS

DETROIT -- The U.S. government's highway safety agency says it will hold a rare public hearing in July to determine if Fiat Chrysler failed to notify customers and fix safety problems in 20 recalls covering more than 10 million vehicles. By Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin. AP Photo.

TRADE-MEAT-LABELING

WASHINGTON -- Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of red meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. By Mary Clare Jalonick.

ENDO-PAR-ACQUISITION

TRENTON, New Jersey -- Drugmaker Endo International PLC is climbing toward the top of the steadily consolidating generic medicine business with a deal to buy Par Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc. for about $8.05 billion. The deal would enable Dublin-based Endo to leapfrog from No. 10 to No. 5 in U.S. generic drug sales barely five years after its first foray into generics. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson.

BIRD FLU-FINANCIAL LOSSES

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two central states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. By David Pitt. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA

NEW YORK -- When writer-producer Marti Noxon, "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn and a studio executive met with a potential star for the upcoming TV adaptation of another Flynn novel, the actress was struck by something unusual. "I don't think I've ever had a meeting with all women," Noxon recalled the actress, who typically worked in movies, commenting. "I said, 'Get used to it.'" By Television Writer Lynn Elber.

MUSIC-Q&A-NICK JONAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nick Jonas may have become a sex symbol to female fans in the last year, but the singer says his new tour won't cater just to the ladies. He's thinking about his male fans, too. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

TV-LETTERMAN-MURRAY

NEW YORK -- Bill Murray has walked onto David Letterman's show dressed as Liberace, a jockey and a football player, flown onto the set in a Peter Pan outfit, worked out while singing "Let's Get Physical" and dove into a water-filled dumpster strewn with garbage. This week he'll be saying goodbye. By Television Writer David Bauder

With: TV-LETTERMAN-TOP 10 DAVE TRICKS.

Q&A-CICELY TYSON

LOS ANGELES -- She was married to Miles Davis and shared the screen with Elizabeth Taylor. She's won a Tony and an Emmy and has been nominated for an Academy Award. But even at 90, Cicely Tyson says her life's work isn't done. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP Photos

CELINE DION-HUSBAND

LAS VEGAS -- Celine Dion is heading back to the Las Vegas stage after a year off caring for her ailing husband and says he will be there as she dedicates his return to him. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos.

TV-TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

LOS ANGELES -- On an unusually sweltering late-winter afternoon in a historic downtown nightclub, actress Tracee Ellis Ross and the cast of her sitcom "black-ish" have done some time traveling. By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. AP Photos.

FEATURES:

TRAVEL-TRIP-THEME PARKS-WHAT'S NEW

ORLANDO, Florida -- A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans. By Tamara Lush. AP Photos.


Updated : 2021-09-23 22:31 GMT+08:00