FBI: New Clinton emails prompt further investigation WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI informed Congress on Friday it is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Hillary Clinton's private server. The FBI said in July its investigation was finished. The disclosure raises the possibility of the FBI reopening the criminal investigation involving the Democratic presidential nominee just days before the election, although it is not clear if that will happen. Clinton's campaign didn't immediately respond to request for comment. In a letter sent to congressional leaders, FBI Director James Comey says that new emails have come to light recently that have prompted investigators to take another look at the sensitive government information that flowed through the private email sever Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.
Activists split as Clinton makes push for black millennials PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Six months into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, she met with a group of Black Lives Matter activists in Washington to make her case and seek their support. DeRay Mckesson left disappointed, feeling Clinton lacked a grasp of the issues he had spent the previous year protesting in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, including police brutality and income inequality. He came out of the October 2015 meeting unwilling to support her publicly. On Wednesday, though, The Washington Post published an op-ed by Mckesson announcing his plans to vote for her after meeting again with her last week in Cleveland.
Iraqis bury their dead in cemetery destroyed by IS QAYARA, Iraq (AP) - Sabriya Hammad buried her son in a cemetery that was destroyed by the same people who killed him. Sitting on cardboard and surrounded by relatives, Hammad sobbed quietly over the mound of earth and rocks beneath a sky darkened by oil well fires set weeks ago by Islamic State fighters. The graveyard south of Mosul is littered with smashed headstones - also demolished by the militants. "They destroyed everything," Hammad said, looking out over hundreds of smashed headstones, some of them generations old. Iraqi forces drove the extremists out of Qayara last summer as they pushed toward militant-held Mosul, the country's second-largest city and the focus of an offensive launched Oct.
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Thousands of Iraqis being used as human shields near Mosul QAYARA, Iraq (AP) - For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields. Their forced march covered more than 12 miles (20 kilometers), stopping in villages for days or weeks. When Naheer's family finally escaped this week after an air raid and made it to a government checkpoint near the front lines, the children's faces were caked with dust and their feet had been rubbed raw by their plastic sandals.
Kirk apologizes for mocking rival's family military history CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk apologized Friday for mocking his Democratic rival's immigrant background and her claim that her family's military service dates back to the Revolution - comments that drew wide criticism and threatened an already difficult re-election campaign. "Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service," Kirk wrote in a Twitter post. During a debate Thursday evening, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said her family has "served this nation in uniform going back to the Revolution." Kirk responded that he had forgotten that the congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington." Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when the Black Hawk she was piloting was shot down in 2004, was born in Bangkok.
Oregon case jury delivers blow to government in lands fight PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon. Tumult erupted in the courtroom Thursday after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released and repeatedly yelled at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy's ranch two years ago.
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism in the country. The battlefield allies met in Moscow as the Syrian government is looking to cement its authority over the divided northern city and the contested suburbs of the capital, Damascus. Fighting for Aleppo appeared to have calmed by the afternoon after rebels assaulted the city's government-controlled western side with three vehicle bombs and at least 150 rockets in the morning. The Syrian military said the rockets were Russian-made Grad missiles. At least 15 civilians were killed in the volley, according to pro-government TV stations.
Frequent casino bus crashes draw mounting safety scrutiny LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rosa Ruiz returned from a gambling jaunt to San Diego before dawn Saturday and was back on another bus that evening, headed for a desert casino. Like others who routinely board buses bound for distant casinos, Ruiz wasn't so much dreaming of striking it rich, just escaping her normal life for a few hours to socialize, snack and play the slots. But this night out ended in disaster on the freeway near Palm Springs when the bus slammed into a tractor-trailer in the pre-dawn darkness Sunday. Ruiz was killed along with 12 others, including the bus driver who also owned the USA Holiday bus.
Oil pipeline protesters burn vehicles, set roadblock CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - Protesters ousted from private land where they tried to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline burned vehicles and built roadblocks along a North Dakota state highway where they faced off Friday with authorities. Officers with bullhorns commanded the protesters to leave the roadway, but the approximately two dozen people stood in defiance with their arms in the air. The confrontation came a day after hundreds of law enforcement officers forced out a larger encampment of activists in what was the most chaotic turn in the months-long protest against the pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others argue could endanger water supplies and disturb cultural sites.
Hezbollah ally set to become president of Lebanon BEIRUT (AP) - Barring any surprises, a former Lebanese general and a strong ally of the militant Hezbollah group is poised to be elected Lebanon's president next week, formally ending a two-year vacuum in the country's top post and a political crisis that has paralyzed the troubled Mideast nation. Michel Aoun, an 81-year-old veteran Christian leader, will likely be chosen by Parliament on Monday as part of a deal that's expected to give not just a boost for Hezbollah but also to the Shiite group's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad. The strong-willed Maronite Catholic general notoriously led a "war of liberation" against the Syrian army in Lebanon in 1989-90, but reconciled with the Syrian leadership in 2005 after Syria pulled out of Lebanon.