US stock indexes slightly lower in afternoon trade
U.S. stock indexes veered slightly lower in late-afternoon trading Thursday, on course to give up some of their gains from a day before. Trading was mostly listless as investors waded through another round of company earnings news. Telecom sector stocks declined the most, while health care and financial companies eked out small gains.
US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A U.S. military member was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in connection with the Iraqi effort to retake the key city of Mosul, marking the first American combat casualty in the long-planned push against the Islamic State group.
ICRC steps up aid for Iraq amid fears of post-Mosul sectarian strifeBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - As Iraqi families begin streaming out of villages in the path of an army offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, some fear that the onslaught may stoke future sectarian strife in the volatile region, a senior Red Cross official said on Thursday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is prepared to provide aid to 800,000 people who could flee the looming battle for Mosul, including against any use of chemical weapons, said Patrick Hamilton, the ICRC's deputy director for the Near and Middle East. Islamic State militants have used banned chemical agents previously against Iraqi Kurdish forces.
Half a year after 8 relatives killed, no answers or arrests
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) ? Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting ? for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.
NFL to reopen Brown investigation after abuse docs emerge
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) ? The NFL is going to re-open its investigation of New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown after police released journal entries and emails in which he admitted that he verbally and physically abused his former wife.
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Arab coalition says Yemen rebels breach truce
The Saudi-led coalition accused Yemeni rebels of repeatedly breaching a ceasefire Thursday, the first day of a truce under global pressure to end a war which has killed thousands. At least 11 people were killed in sporadic clashes between rebels and pro-government forces, despite all sides insisting they will pause the fighting. The truce, for an initial period of three days, took effect just before midnight on Wednesday to allow sorely needed aid deliveries in Yemen where the conflict has also left millions homeless and hungry.
Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate. "In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States," Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? In a significant intensification of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city. The U.S. military announced the first American death since the operation began.
Obama says his departure may fix what ails Obamacare
By Roberta Rampton MIAMI (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that his departure from office in January might be what it takes to begin to heal the political scars over Obamacare and allow for needed fixes to his signature healthcare law. The 2010 Affordable Care Act tipped off a long and bitter political and legal battle between the White House and Republicans in the U.S. Congress who said the 2010 law creates unwarranted government intervention in personal healthcare and private industry. Republicans have been quick to highlight a recent barrage of negative headlines about rising health insurance premiums and shrinking doctor networks for people participating in subsidized insurance plans offered under the law.