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Kurds Say They Have Retaken Strategic Mosul Dam From Militants

Kurds Say They Have Retaken Strategic Mosul Dam From MilitantsKurdish forces say they have retaken the strategic Mosul Dam from militants of the Islamic State, apparently dealing the Sunni jihadist group its first major reversal since its forces swept into Iraq in June.

Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Do Not Fear This Giant Robot SwarmHarvard roboticist Mike Rubenstein thought he was being clever when he came up with the name for the 1,024 little robots he built. He's into computers, so he thought of kilobytes and named them kilobots.

There’s No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

There’s No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat TroutThe rare greenback cutthroat trout, for years on the receiving end of a well-meaning, but taxonomically misguided attempt to save it, now seems to be back on track (though not out of the woods).

Obama: U.S. To End Aid Drops In Iraq, But Airstrikes To Continue

Obama: U.S. To End Aid Drops In Iraq, But Airstrikes To ContinuePresident Obama says U.S. airstrikes have broken a siege by Islamic militants of minority Yazidis on a mountaintop in northwestern Iraq and it's unlikely that more airdrops of humanitarian aid will be necessary.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step DownIraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced today that he will step down and endorse his nominated successor, state television says.

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s, Widow Says

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s, Widow SaysThe wife of Robin Williams, who took his own life on Monday, says the actor/comedian was sober at the time of death, but suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a progressive and debilitating neuromuscular condition.

Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A StayA federal court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage to be recognized in Virginia, denying a motion to stay its own ruling against a ban on the unions. That means same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Virginia next week, state officials say.

Russian Aid Convoy Resumes Move Toward Ukraine Border

Russian Aid Convoy Resumes Move Toward Ukraine BorderA Russian aid convoy has resumed movement toward a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine in defiance of Kiev, as government forces pound pro-Moscow separatists in the city of Donetsk.

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq’s Mount Sinjar Less Likely

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq’s Mount Sinjar Less LikelySpecial operations forces sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have concluded there are far fewer refugees stranded there, making a rescue mission to help them off the mountain less likely.

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire Extension

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire ExtensionSo far, a five-day extension to a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem.