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ANTAKYA, Turkey (AP) — Fighters for the extremist group Islamic State continue to gain ground in a Kurdish area of Syria near the border with Turkey. The fighters are within three miles of the Kurdish frontier city of Kobani (KOH'-bah-nee), which has been shelled intensely in spite of weekend airstrikes in the region by the U.S.-led coalition. Thousands of Kurds have fled Kobani.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black churches and civil rights groups attempting to defeat a GOP effort to limit early voting in Ohio have suffered at least a temporary setback. The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to grant a request by state officials to prevent a week of early voting from beginning tomorrow. The court may take up a lower court ruling against the reduction in voting days and hours.
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) —Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students have missed school because of a sickout by teachers at two schools. The teachers at Golden and Jefferson high schools oppose proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay. Some students continued their protests against an effort by the school board's new conservative majority to change history instruction to promote patriotism.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Moore, Oklahoma, says he expects to file a charge of first-degree murder in the beheading of a woman at a food distribution center in the Oklahoma City suburb. Alton Nolen allegedly attacked the victim and a second woman shortly after being fired. Nolen was released from prison last year on charges including the assault of a police officer. He was shot after the attack by a company official.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for Wal-Mart say actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by one of the retail giant's trucks weren't wearing seatbelts. The New Jersey crash killed a friend of Morgan and left him severely injured. Wal-Mart's lawyers say failure to wear seat belts constitutes unreasonable conduct. Authorities say the firm's trucker hadn't slept in 24 hours.
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