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Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is “only a matter of time.” But unlike past urban battles against IS in Iraq, the militants in Mosul are under siege by Iraqi forces. The Iraqi ... Read More »

LEADING OFF: Homer Simpson hits Hall of Fame, Keuchel back

Jesse Hahn

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ D’OH! Fans at the Hall of Fame figure to be animated when Homer Simpson gets “inducted” at Cooperstown. An exhibit dedicated to “The Simpsons” will open, 25 years after the popular episode “Homer at the Bat” originally aired. That show featured the guest voices of nine All-Stars — actual ... Read More »

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as the death toll from floods and mudslides on Saturday rose to 100 with 99 others missing. The Disaster Management Center said more than 2,900 people have been displaced. The military used large armored vehicles and boats to transport people to safety. But some remained trapped in interior ... Read More »

Israel: Mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners ends

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners ended their 40-day fast on Saturday after reaching a compromise for better conditions, Israel’s prison service said. Prison service spokeswoman Nicole Englander said the inmates declared an end to the strike Saturday morning. She said it came after Israel reached a compromise with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for prisoners ... Read More »

Wood stays undefeated as Dodgers blank Cubs 4-0

Alex Wood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Wood has turned a substitute stint into a full-time gig in the rotation, and isn’t showing any sign of letting go. He allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Friday night in the series opener. “It was a ... Read More »

Mo Farah prepares for final US race while allegations swirl

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — As he prepares for what could be his final track race on U.S. soil, Mo Farah remains dogged by doping allegations surrounding his team. The British Olympian will race in the 5,000 meters Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic, the only U.S. stop in the elite Diamond League series. Farah has said that 2017 will be his ... Read More »

Philippines forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, witnesses said. Civilians waved flags from their windows to show they are not combatants. The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been under siege by IS-linked ... Read More »