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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A builder has assured Palm Beach County officials that a new spring training baseball stadium will be ready for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros next year.

  • In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of the YPG make a V-sign next to a drawing of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. A Turkish military expedition into Syria has threatened a Kurdish political project just as Kurdish forces seemed on the verge of connecting their northern Syrian zones. It is the first Turkish ground intervention in the course of the Syria war, now in its sixth year, and it underscores how seriously Turkey is taking Kurdish autonomy next door. (Mursel Coban/Depo Photos via AP, File)

    Turkey: US says Syria Kurds are pulling back in north Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish officials said Thursday, a move that could fulfill a major demand by Ankara and the United States a day after Turkey sent in tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels take a key Islamic State stronghold.

    Updated: 8:24 am

  • In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of the YPG make a V-sign next to a drawing of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. A Turkish military expedition into Syria has threatened a Kurdish political project just as Kurdish forces seemed on the verge of connecting their northern Syrian zones. It is the first Turkish ground intervention in the course of the Syria war, now in its sixth year, and it underscores how seriously Turkey is taking Kurdish autonomy next door. (Mursel Coban/Depo Photos via AP, File)

    Syria’s Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country’s north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded that the Kurds withdraw from recently seized territory.

  • Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the “vast right-wing conspiracy” and another who was a leader of the so-called “birther” movement.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Loren Elliott/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    WHY IT MATTERS: Trade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: In this angry election year, many American voters are deeply skeptical about free trade — or downright hostile to it.

  • How the AP-NORC poll on gender and politics was conducted

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  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets people outside on the street as she leaves a fundraiser in Piedmont, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    AP-NORC Poll: Gender matters, but does it hurt or help?

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There’s no “glass ceiling” keeping a woman from the presidential nomination anymore, but most Americans still think Hillary Clinton’s gender will influence the November election. They’re just divided on whether it’s more of a curse than a blessing.

  • IFLE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, Rickie Fowler hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament in Jersey City, N.J. So much more is at stake than $69 million in prize and bonus money during the FedEx Cup. The Barclays is the first postseason event, the start of deciding Ryder Cup teams and who gets voted player of the year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    PGA Tour playoffs get start at The Barclays

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The top five players on the PGA Tour this season should be plenty rested going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

    Updated: 6:04 am

  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets people outside on the street as she leaves a fundraiser in Piedmont, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Clinton’s Gold Rush: $18 million raised on three-day swing

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Clinton mingled with Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson and Apple CEO Tim Cook, vamped in a photo booth with actor Justin Timberlake and dined with some of California’s richest families on what was likely the most lucrative fundraising swing of her presidential campaign.

  • Cal Bears players practice during a training session at a field in Sydney Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Cal will play Hawaii in the first college football game of the 2016 season at the College Football Sydney Cup on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Sydney rain forces changes in Cal, Hawaii training schedules

    SYDNEY (AP) — Heavy rainfall in Sydney over 12 hours into early Thursday morning forced changes to the practice schedules for California and Hawaii just two days away from their college football season-opener at the Olympic stadium.

    Updated: 12:51 am