- 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."
- Fall of Islamic State group's 'capital': 5 things to know
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria say they have captured Raqqa, once the seat of power for the Islamic State group, on Tuesday after a grueling four-month battle that left the city in ruins.
- 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 Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.
- Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, saying "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back."
- New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.
- 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.
- Suspended Elliott's attorneys cite tight NFL roster deadline
Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are asking for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York on the belief that the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations would be in place for at least a week without further legal intervention by Tuesday.
- Mayfield, Love, Barkley lead AP midseason All-America team
Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and star running backs Bryce Love of Stanford and Saquon Barkley of Penn State lead The Associated Press midseason All-America team, along with two defensive backs from No. 1 Alabama.
- 10 things to know as the NBA season gets underway
Happy New Year, NBA.
- Midseason checkup: SEC twofer in playoff?
To mark the halfway point of the college football season, a sampling of statements that seemed true a month and a half ago but no longer do: