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IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) - Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives. Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.


Trump's deportation waffle highlights campaign weaknesses
SEATTLE (AP) - Donald Trump and his aides used to say that voters didn't care about the nitty-gritty of policy details. But now those details are tripping up his campaign. For more than a week now, as he's tried to shine the spotlight on his rival, Trump has appeared to wrestle with one of his signature proposals: A pledge to expel everyone living in the U.S. illegally with the help of a "deportation force." At a Fox News town hall taping last week, in the face of pressing questions, the GOP nominee proceeded to poll the audience at length on the fate of an estimated 11 million people.


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AP: ISLAMIC STATE GROUP BURIED THOUSANDS IN 72 MASS GRAVES The known victims buried are staggering - 5,200 at the very low end to more than 15,000 - in territory that has been held by IS in Syria and Iraq. 2. TRUMP'S DEPORTATION INDECISION HIGHLIGHTS CAMPAIGN WEAKNESSES The Republican presidential candidate and his aides used to say that voters didn't care about the nitty-gritty of policy details - but now those details are tripping up his campaign. 3. HOW AMERICANS KNOW HUMA ABEDIN The longtime Hillary Clinton aide has won plaudits for her campaign instincts, her loyalty and her personal style, but most know her as a wronged political wife.


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EU says Apple must pay up to 13B euros in back taxes
BRUSSELS (AP) - Apple will have to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest in back taxes to Ireland after the European Union found Tuesday that the U.S. technology giant received illegal tax benefits over 11 years. The ruling is the biggest salvo in the EU executive Commission's battle to have multinationals pay their fair share in the region. The EU alleges that many big companies struck deals with EU countries to pay unusually low tax in exchange for basing their EU operations there. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that a three-year investigation found Ireland granted such lavish tax breaks to Apple that the multinational's effective corporate tax rate on its European profits dropped from 1 percent in 2003 to a mere 0.005 percent in 2014.


France criticizes Turkish military intervention in Syria
PARIS (AP) - French President Francois Hollande has criticized Turkey's "contradictory" military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a "protagonist" in the war. In a speech Tuesday, Hollande said "multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation" of the fighting that has devastated the country. He said he could understand Turkey's concern about protecting its borders and fighting the Islamic State group, but criticized Ankara's actions against Kurdish rebels allied with the U.S.-led coalition who are fighting the extremists. France is part of that coalition. Hollande urged Russia to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition and said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to France in October, saying Russia should be "a player in negotiations, not a protagonist in the action." Hollande said Assad's regime uses Russian military support to carry out bomb attacks on civilians, which "plays into the hands of extremists".


State funeral in Amatrice to honor 37 quake victims
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) - Construction crews worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral Tuesday in quake-devastated Amatrice after outraged residents rejected the government's plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar. The evening Mass for 37 of the 292 people killed is the second state funeral for victims of the Aug. 24 temblor that flattened three towns in central Italy. The first, held Saturday, honored victims from the Le Marche region. Tuesday's funeral is for the victims of neighboring Lazio, which includes hard-hit Amatrice. The service will take place on the edge of Amatrice's obliterated medieval town center on the grounds of a Catholic retreat.


Longtime aide Huma Abedin like 'second daughter' to Clinton
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has won plaudits for her campaign instincts, her deep-rooted loyalty and her glamorous personal style. But she has been thrust into the spotlight for another attribute - as a wronged political wife. Abedin, who is expected to play a major behind-the scenes role if her boss is elected president, announced Monday she was separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after the former New York congressman was accused of sending lewd photographs and messages to yet another woman. It wasn't the first time Abedin was confronted with her husband's raunchy recklessness. Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his seat amid a 2011 media firestorm that erupted after he texted suggestive photos of himself to several women.


Good boy! Dogs know what you're saying, study suggests
BERLIN (AP) - Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man's best friend really does understand some of what we're saying. Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using. They found that dogs processed words with the left hemisphere, while intonation was processed with the right hemisphere - just like humans. What's more, the dogs only registered that they were being praised if the words and intonation were positive; meaningless words spoken in an encouraging voice, or meaningful words in a neutral tone, didn't have the same effect.


Husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson arrested for assault
SEATTLE (AP) - Authorities say the husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson is being held on investigation of assaulting two relatives during the group's show in suburban Seattle. The Seattle Times is reporting that 65-year-old Dean Stuart Wetter appeared in King County District Court on Monday. Bail was set at $10,000. The paper says that according to court records, the two boys were watching the show from backstage when they left to walk around. They were walking past the tour buses when they saw Ann Wilson's new tour bus and wanted to look inside. Documents say Wetter started yelling after they left the door open and allegedly punched one of the boys in the back of the head before grabbing him by the throat.


Lochte mum on returning to Brazil, will compete on 'DWTS'
NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics. Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding "we're just trying to get this over with." Despite his current woes, Lochte was named Tuesday as one of the contestants on the upcoming edition of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Lochte admits he lied about having a gun held to his head at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where he and three other American swimmers had stopped to use a restroom.

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