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Iraqi forces, backed by US airstrikes, break two-month siege of Amerli

Iraqi security forces, backed by Shi'ite militias and US airstrikes, broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said.

Filipino peacekeepers safe from rebels in Golan Heights

More than 70 Filipino U.N. peacekeepers are now safely away from Islamist militants in the Golan Heights as clashes continue against al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels, according to the Philippine military.

Ukraine crisis: US senators urge arms 'to fight Russia'

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins

Detroit's historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy will culminate in a high-stakes court battle starting Tuesday that will determine the fate of the city's sweeping plan that would pay pensioners more than financial creditors, preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts and slash more than $7 billion in debt while reinvesting in services.

LDS
Elder David E. Sorensen, former executive director of LDS temple department, dies at 81

Elder David E. Sorensen, who served as the executive director of the LDS Church's temple department during a period of remarkable temple building, died Tuesday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

The ‘real’ Book of Mormon in New York City

In a city where a Broadway musical has brought attention to the Book of Mormon, missionaries serving in the New York New York North Mission are seeking to bring a little clarity.

President Uchtdorf Visits Provo City Center Temple Site

Putting a bright orange vest over his suit coat and wearing a hard hat, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, got an up-close look at the construction that is transforming the ruins of the Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple.

Well-prepared Scouts rescue couple off Mount Whitney

Scouts and leaders from Troop 496 of the Hanford 1st Ward, Hanford California Stake, gather at the conclusion of a six-day hike culminated by an ascent up Mount Whitney. The Scouts helped rescue a distressed couple during their hike.

National
Campaign manager for Kentucky's McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign.

Obama accused of diminishing U.S. standing in fight against terrorism

President Obama found himself under fire Sunday for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State’s march through Iraq and Syria and stamping out other diplomatic fires around the globe, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors.

White House may hold off on immigration action until after election

If President Obama's acting on his own on immigration before the election prompts more Republican voters to go to the polls in swing states, it could end up costing the Democrats the Senate. That's why he may put off executive action.

5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.

Oil tanker 'vanishes' with $100M cargo off Texas

The U.S. Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports.

Aftershocks follow 5.1 Alaska earthquake

Aftershocks continue to rattle interior Alaska after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Saturday night.

Oregon girl, 9, dies when sand hole collapses on her at beach

A beach trip turned tragic for an Oregon family Friday when their 9-year-old daughter suffocated after the walls of a sand hole she was sitting in collapsed on her.

Northern California Wildfires Show Slower Growth

The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.

Police: X-ray shows suspect swallowed stolen ring

Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it.

Family dog turns on stove, starts New Jersey fire. It's happened before.

Fire investigators believe a pet dog left alone turned on the stove and set fire to a house in Lacey Township, N.J.

World
Explosion fells building outside Paris, killing at least 2

Rescuers are still trying to find survivors in the four-story building in Rosny-Sous-Bois. The explosion may have been caused by a gas leak, but investigations are ongoing.

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

Israel’s finance minister says his country and other regional powers should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip and disarm Hamas militants that rule the territory.

At least one dead, hundreds injured as police clash with Pakistan protesters

At least one person has died and hundreds of others have been injured as police in Pakistan clashed with protesters who attempted to march on the prime minister's residence in Islamabad Saturday evening.

Militia Says it ‘Secured’ US Compound in Libya

The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital has “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

China Rules Out Open Election in Hong Kong, Setting Stage for ‘Occupy’ Protest

On democracy, there will be no compromise. That’s the message Beijing sent the city of Hong Kong on Sunday. After months of rallies calling for free and fair elections, China’s legislature effectively shut the door on full democracy, ruling out open nominations for the planned 2017 election of the city’s Chief Executive, the local government’s top leader.

5 gold miners still trapped in Nicaragua

Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.

Business
How You’ll Be Able to Use Your iPhone 6 as a Wallet

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, and rumors about some possible features have been years in the making. One of those features is expected to be Apple’s big foray into a mobile payment system, which would allow users to make purchases on the go with just their iPhones instead of their wallet.

When Does a $5 Toll Cost $30? When You're Driving a Rental Car

With the rise of “cashless” turnpikes, where tolls are collected via a device such as EZ-Pass rather than at tollbooths, rental car companies have found two ways to pass those costs on to their customers, both unpopular: Customers can choose to rent a pass for as much as $20 a day, which they’ll pay whether or not they pass through a toll plaza, or they can pay the fines for going through the lanes without a pass, plus a hefty processing fee tacked on by the rental company.

Culture
Iowa woman meets family that donated heart to her

A California couple is glad that their son's heart is living on three years after his death inside of an Iowa woman.

Last surviving Hindenburg crew member dies at 92

Werner Franz, believed to be the last surviving crew member of the German airship Hindenburg that crashed 77 years ago, has died. He was 92.

Science
Countdown to NASA's choice to fly crew to space station

Companies involved in the next space race await the highly anticipated NASA announcement — expected any day — that will reveal who has won a high-stakes competition to fly astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

Health
Man Hospitalized in Sweden With Suspected Case of Ebola Virus

A young man who recently had traveled in an Ebola-hit African country was placed in medical isolation in Stockholm after developing a high fever Sunday evening, local media reported.