Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS
Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul. A toxic cloud released by a fire IS militants started at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at least two civilians and forced some US service members to wear masks. A day after the shock attack on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, jihadist snipers and suspected suicide bombers were still at large, prompting Baghdad to send reinforcements.
Cubs could get Schwarber back if they reach World SeriesCHICAGO (AP) ? Injured slugger Kyle Schwarber could return for the Chicago Cubs if they make it to the World Series.
Jackson has 4 TDs, No. 7 Louisville routs NC State 54-13
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ? Lamar Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions leading to 17 points and the seventh-ranked Cardinals burst past North Carolina State 54-13 on Saturday.
Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul battleBy Phil Stewart and Tuvan Gumrukcu BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Mosul was once part of the Ottoman empire and Turkey sees the city as firmly within its sphere of influence. Ankara is in a dispute with Iraq's central government over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul.
White House condemns Syrian government forces use of toxic gasThe White House on Saturday condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government after an international inquiry found its forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack in Syria's civil war. The fourth report from the 13-month-long inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog, blamed Syrian government forces for a toxic gas attack in Qmenas in Idlib governorate on March 16, 2015, according to a text of the report seen by Reuters. In August, the third report by the inquiry blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for two chlorine attacks - in Talmenes on April 21, 2014 and Sarmin on March 16, 2015 - and said Islamic State fighters had used sulfur mustard gas.
Dozens of demonstrators arrested at North Dakota pipeline
Rob Keller, a spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff's Department said by telephone that the department responded early in the morning to a group of around 200 to 300 protesters near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline. Police used pepper spray to subdue some protesters and a section of a state highway was shut down because of the demonstration, but had since reopened, Keller said.
AT&T set to announce $85 billion Time Warner purchase
By Greg Roumeliotis and Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is set to announce an $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc on Saturday, sources familiar with the matter said, the boldest move yet by a telecommunications company to acquire content to stream over its high-speed network in an attempt to appeal to a growing number of online viewers. The biggest deal in the world this year would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. It would likely face intense scrutiny by U.S. antitrust regulators worried that AT&T might try to limit distribution of Time Warner material.
Exclusive: Goldman Sachs' Latam investment bank chief to leave - source
By Olivia Oran and Christine Murray NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Martin Werner, co-head of Goldman Sachs' investment banking business in Latin America, will depart the Wall Street bank at the end of this year, according to a person familiar with the situation. Werner, who also runs Goldman's investment banking business in Mexico, told the Mexico office last week he was leaving after 16 years at the bank. A spokesman for Goldman Sachs in New York declined to comment.
Major California river adding key ingredient: water
A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the ...
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