Charges dropped against Ron Paul's former campaign managerDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? A judge has dismissed charges against Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign manager, leaving two other campaign operatives to stand trial on charges alleging they secretly paid an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement.
Petition drive assures House vote to revive Ex-Im BankWASHINGTON (AP) ? Several dozen Republicans teamed up with Democrats Friday to assure a House vote on reviving the U.S. Export-Import Bank, giving the effort to save the bank new life more than three months after its charter lapsed.
Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ? Unrest that erupted several weeks ago at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site spread Friday to Gaza in the form of deadly border clashes with Palestinian protesters, as Israeli security forces struggled to contain a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers.
Green sea turtles nest in record numbers in Florida
A record number of endangered green sea turtles nested in the US state of Florida in 2015, suggesting that conservation efforts are paying off, authorities said Friday. Approximately 28,000 nests were discovered across 26 state beaches, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said. Nearly 30 years ago, only 464 green sea turtle nests were documented in the same areas.
Obama focusing on condolences, not gun laws, in Oregon visit
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) ? President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms are popular.
Arkansas judge halts executions as inmates challenge lawLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? An Arkansas judge on Friday halted the upcoming executions of eight death row inmates, dealing a blow to the state's efforts to begin putting prisoners to death for the first time in a decade.
Ohio prisons officials challenge FDA stand on execution drugCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? With two dozen scheduled executions in limbo, Ohio sent a forceful letter to Washington on Friday asserting that the state believes it can obtain a lethal-injection drug from overseas without violating any laws.
IS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids
Islamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria's second city Aleppo, despite Moscow's announcement that its raids had killed hundreds of jihadists in just 24 hours. Lieutenant General Igor Makushev, deputy head of the Russian General Staff, told reporters that "Su-34M and SU-24SM warplanes hit 60 terrorist targets". Strikes on Aleppo killed "some 100 militants", and other raids struck command posts and training camps in Latakia, Hama and Idlib.
Unrest spreads to Gaza as Israeli troops kill 6 Palestinians
A fresh wave of stabbings also hit Israel and the West Bank, including a revenge attack by a Jewish suspect that wounded two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis. The Gaza Strip had been mainly calm as unrest has shaken annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in recent days.
The Latest: Obama arrives in Roseburg, site of campus attackROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) ? The latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College (all times local):