Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.
US official: US-Israel ties should never be 'politicized'
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Obama administration official declared Monday that the relationship between the United States and Israel "should never be politicized," while defending President Barack Obama's high-stakes bid for a nuclear deal with Iran.
How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded.
Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit's growth
DETROIT (AP) — When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems.