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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says military operations to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants have begun. State TV showed a brief written statement in the early hours Monday announcing the start of the widely anticipated military offensive to drive IS out of Iraq's second largest city. The push to retake Mosul will be the biggest and most complex military operation in Iraq since American troops left in 2011.

BEIJING (AP) — China's manned space program is taking another leap forward. Two astronauts have been launched on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard it for 30 days. The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from a launch facility at the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China on Monday morning. The astronauts will dock with the space station precursor facility within two days.

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey says the absence of reliable data about how often police use force is fueling a regrettable narrative about law enforcement. Speaking to a gathering of the International Association of Chiefs of Police today, Comey said videos of fatal police encounters have contributed to a belief that "biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates." He says that narrative unnecessarily divides the public and law enforcement.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers have shot and killed a man who attacked them with a metal rake in the backyard of a home in Santa Cruz. According to Santa Cruz police, a resident of the house called police today to say a man outside was threatening them. When officers arrived and tried to take the suspect into custody, police say, he attacked them with a metal bow rake and was shot.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rainfall is helping temper a Nevada wildfire that's destroyed 22 homes north of Carson City. But it's creating new concerns about flooding. Fire officials say wet weather over the last two days has bolstered efforts to contain the blaze burning in the Washoe Valley. The 5.3-square-mile fire is now 20 percent contained. Still, 500 structures remain threatened and mandatory evacuations are still in place.

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