- US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants unleashing violence in Iraq and Syria and determined to hold territory they have seized across the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.
- Iraqi forces surround Ramadi, but it could be a long siege
BAGHDAD (AP) — After months of sluggish progress, stalled advances and outright failures, Iraqi troops and militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have surrounded the key city of Ramadi and appear poised to launch a new attempt to wrest it from the Islamic State group.
- For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.
- Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.
- Appalachia grasps for hope as coal jobs fade
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.
- Tiger Woods has no timetable on healing or playing
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture Tuesday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking.
- FIFA sponsors demand 'independent oversight' of reforms
LONDON (AP) — Five World Cup sponsors have written to FIFA's executive committee demanding "independent oversight" of the reform process in their latest intervention that highlights concerns about their links to soccer's scandal-battered governing body.
- Ravens return blocked field goal on last play, stun Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brent Urban just wanted a chance to play. Will Hill wanted redemption.
- Browns' quarterback Josh McCown out for rest of season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown is done for the season after breaking his collarbone in Monday night's last-second loss to Baltimore.
- NFL owners' meetings could yield progress in L.A. relocation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFL's owners could take a significant step toward the league's return to Los Angeles this week.