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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The push to retake Mosul will be the biggest military operation in Iraq since American troops left in 2011 and, if successful, the strongest blow yet to the Islamic State group. Iraq's prime minister, who announced the launch of the military campaign early Monday, is pledging that the fight for the country's second-largest city marks a new phase that will lead to the liberation of all Iraqi territory from the militants this year.

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts are on their way to an experimental space station. China launched the pair into space Monday morning aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket. The astronauts will dock with the precursor facility within two days. Their mission during a 30 day stay will be to conduct experiments in medicine and various space-related technologies, and test systems in preparation for the launching of the station's core module in 2018.

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — It's unclear what led to the crash of a small plane in Ohio. The plane went down Sunday evening in a heavily wooded area of Warren County near YMCA Camp Kern in Turtlecreek Township. Two people were killed. The Dayton Daily News reports officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the scene.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final presidential debate before Election Day is just a few days away. Donald Trump will face off with Hillary Clinton in the televised event on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Trump's vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, says he and Trump "will absolutely accept the results of the election" on Nov. 8. Pence suggests Trump's claim of a "rigged" election stems from his belief that a biased national media is ganging up on him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails from WikiLeaks show Hillary Clinton's aides fretting over how to respond to backlash from the LGBT community after Clinton lauded Nancy Reagan for starting a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s. Activists blame President Ronald Reagan for what they view as a slow response to the crisis. Clinton tweeted an apology in March. But revised it after aides decided it wasn't enough to satisfy the LGBT community.

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