• In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, Artem, 22, a member of a far-right youth group called Right Anarchist, surveys, their makeshift camp holding his rifle on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia. Camps such as these have been on the rise in Russia, with some serving as breeding grounds for the volunteers who fought with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)

    Ultra-nationalist ‘war camps’ train Russian youths

    MOSCOW (AP) — Deep in the woods on the outskirts of Moscow, a sudden burst of gunfire sends a flock of birds screeching into the sky. A dozen people dressed in military fatigues scale a crumbling, abandoned high-rise with Kalashnikovs strapped to their backs.

  • Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright arrives at US District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Cartwright has been charged with making false statements during a federal investigation into a leak of classified information, the Justice Department announced.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Former general pleads guilty in false statements probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand on top of a military vehicle as they advance towards villages surrounding Mosul, in Khazer, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The Iraqi military and the country's Kurdish forces say they launched operations to the south and east of militant-held Mosul early Monday morning. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

    Iraqi forces launch military push to drive IS from Mosul

    KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — The long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group began Monday with a volley of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments on a cluster of villages along the edge of Iraq’s historic Nineveh plain east of the militant-held city.

  • In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, with students and teachers behind him, talks about Proposition 30 after voting in Oakland, Calif.  Now, with the sales tax set to expire at the end of this year and income taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year in 2019, the California Teachers Association and other labor unions want to keep the income taxes on the wealthy, which they say are again needed to “prevent $4 billion in cuts” to schools. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)

    Proposition 55 would extend “temporary” tax for 12 years

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies urged voters to adopt a temporary income tax on the wealthiest Californians and a statewide sales tax on everyone four years ago, the deal was billed as a short-term salve for a state mired in debt and on the verge of insolvency.

  • Correction: Black Woman Arrested-Texas story

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story Oct. 14 about a black woman’s lawsuit against a white Austin police officer who threw her to the ground during a traffic stop, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a federal judge had dismissed the case. The judge dismissed the portion of Breaion King’s lawsuit against the city of Austin but left intact the portion against the officer, Bryan Richter.

  • In this file photo dated Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov speaks during a media briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow.  While Western media are filled with grim images of life in areas of Aleppo under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, Russian news reports tell a very different story. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    Russian, Western media offer different images of Aleppo

    MOSCOW (AP) — While Western media are filled with grim images of life in areas of Aleppo under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, Russian news reports tell a very different story.