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  • AP Interview: El-Sissi ready to back anti-IS fight
    AP Interview: El-Sissi ready to back anti-IS fight

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told The Associated Press on Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a "comprehensive strategy" to tackle the roots of extremism across the region.

  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

    By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. ...

  • Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said. Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes. "The structures that did burn, many of them were completely consumed as the trees around them burned top to bottom. ...

  • Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke
    Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

  • Some Kansas ballots to have no Democrat for Senate
    Some Kansas ballots to have no Democrat for Senate

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will send voters living overseas a ballot for the November election with no Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate race that has unexpectedly become one of the most hotly-contested in the nation.

  • Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days
    Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.

  • After 2 weeks, search still on for 2 Maryland kids
    After 2 weeks, search still on for 2 Maryland kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been almost two weeks since Troy Turner last saw two of his kids, 3-year-old Sarah, his "tomboy princess," and 2-year-old Jacob, who he calls "Bubby."

  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'
    North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the U.S. government, state media said. ...

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