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Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen chant anti-terrorism slogans after breaking the siege on 15,000 Shiite Turkmens stranded in the farming community town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against Sunni Islamic State group positions, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Islamic State extremist group has seized cities, towns and vast tracts of land in northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. It views Shiites as apostates and has carried out a number of massacres and beheadings — often posting grisly videos and photos of the atrocities online. (AP Photo)

Iraqi forces break siege

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the … 0

U.S. wants trains to haul nuclear waste

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ATLANTA — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars … 0

Congress wants decisive action on Islamic State

Sunday, August 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard … 0

1,000-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CAMDEN, Ala. — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. AL.com reports a pair of master measurers from Safari Club International examined the 1,000-pound alligator on Friday, determining a total length of 15 feet, 9 … 0

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. … 0

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

Friday, August 29, 2014

BAGHDAD — As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay … 0

A little help

Friday, August 29, 2014

By LARRY GORDON Los Angeles Times UC San Diego graduate student Alex Piel is studying the family dynamics and habitats of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s savanna. The research requires tracking animals, retrieving fecal samples and then testing to confirm … 0

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Friday, August 29, 2014

Associated Press WASHINGTON — An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others at a meeting in … 0

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to shed light on Pluto

Friday, August 29, 2014

By AMINA KHAN Los Angeles Times As NASA’s New Horizons mission heads to Pluto, scientists could get an idea of what to expect by studying Triton, Neptune’s strange icy moon. New Horizons marked a major anniversary Monday when … 0

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat vet

Friday, August 29, 2014

BOSTON — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. … 0

Judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban

Friday, August 29, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper … 0

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not … 0

Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation showing how quarantines, border closures and flight bans have … 0