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.
An emotional Bill Clinton eyes possible exit from foundation WASHINGTON (AP) - When Bill Clinton told the staff of his global charity he would have to step down if Hillary Clinton won the White House, he was vividly clear about how that felt: Worse than a root canal, he said. For Clinton, the foundation that bears his name has shaped much of his post-White House legacy, helping transform him from a popular yet scandal-tainted former president into an international philanthropist and humanitarian. But the Clinton Foundation is also the focus of election-year scrutiny - pushed along by Donald Trump - about the Democratic power couple's ability and willingness to separate the organization's wealthy contributors from past and possible future government roles.
State: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.
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US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department said it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners. State Department spokesman John Kirby said at his daily briefing Tuesday that the video purportedly showing Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman is "being examined for its validity." Kirby says the U.S. government is concerned about the couple's welfare and urged "their immediate release on humanitarian grounds." In the video, Boyle and Coleman call on Canada and the United States to pressure the Afghan government into changing its policy on executing captured prisoners.
Chris Brown emerges from home after police serve warrant LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singer Chris Brown came out of his Los Angeles home peacefully Tuesday after an hourslong standoff with police who responded to a woman's call for help. Police Lt. Chris Ramirez said several people were escorted from the residence after a search warrant was served. No arrests had been made and everyone has been cooperative, he said. Police said the woman who made the call for help about 3 a.m. was not inside the hilltop estate in the San Fernando Valley. Ramirez did not identify the woman or elaborate on the assistance she needed. He did not know if she was injured.
911 calls: 'Gunshots going like crazy' in Pulse nightclub ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Friends and relatives of patrons trapped in a gay Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead asked police dispatchers why it was taking so long for their loved ones to be rescued. Audio recordings of 911 calls released Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chatting with trapped patrons of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. "My son was shot in the club. ... He is still in the bathroom. He is bleeding, and he got shot and nobody is going in for him," said one caller to 911, almost three hours after the shooting began.
Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces BEIRUT (AP) - Clashes between Turkey's military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State group from northern Syria. Western officials had expressed alarm that the fighting between the two sides, both backed by the U.S. in Syria's 5-year-old civil war, has diverted their attention from the fight against the extremist group. In a speech Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande criticized Turkey for targeting Kurdish and Kurdish-backed fighters in Syria, while a top U.S. general ordered the sides to stop fighting one another and focus instead on the Islamic State.
Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in US flight school WASHINGTON (AP) - The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training in the U.S., according to FBI interviews with his flight instructors. Andreas Lubitz was promoted anyway. But his training difficulties were one more "red flag" that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline's Arizona flight school to take a closer look and discover his history of depression, asserted attorneys representing families of crash victims. Lubitz was a co-pilot for Germanwings, a regional airline owned by Lufthansa, when he locked Flight 9524's captain out of the cockpit and set the plane on a collision course with a mountain in the French Alps last year.
North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass "dangerously close" to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. On North Carolina's Hatteras Island, a slow stream of dozens of cars from places including Maryland, New York and Ohio headed north toward a bridge to the mainland - but other vacationers stayed and some surfers dove in for taller waves.
Brazil Senate debates fate of Rousseff, final vote Wednesday BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Senators deciding whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff headed into a long night of debate Tuesday, with so many wanting to speak that the judge presiding over the impeachment trial put off the final vote until Wednesday. Many of the 81 senators signed up to speak, prompting Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to announce that the vote could not happen Tuesday as originally planned. He said the trial would adjourn after all senators finished speaking, then resume Wednesday morning. Earlier Tuesday, the prosecution and defense made their final arguments. Janaina Paschoal, the lead lawyer presenting the case against Brazil's first female president, said the suspended leader had broken fiscal responsibility laws in managing the federal budget.