BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior coalition official says the remaining western Mosul neighborhoods held by the Islamic State group are now completely surrounded, and the militants have lost more than 60 percent of the territory they once held in Iraq. Brett McGurk tells reporters in Baghdad that the Iraqi army is now in control of the last road leading out of Mosul. McGurk is the special presidential envoy for the global coalition against the Islamic State group.
BEIRUT (AP) — A group linked to al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for twin explosions near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital. The Levant Liberation Committee says yesterday's attack was carried by two of its suicide attackers, claiming that they targeted pro-Iranian and pro-government militiamen. The blasts killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 100. Officials say most of the victims were Iraqis.
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities believe two people died of carbon monoxide poisoning while running a generator at a southern Michigan home during widespread power outages from last week's windstorm. Police say 75-year-old Lonnie Sibbett and 70-year-old Leona Sibbett were found dead Friday evening at the home about 70 miles west of Detroit. Officers found extremely high levels of carbon monoxide in the house and in the enclosed garage where the generator was running.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Northeast is bracing for winter's last hurrah. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City and surrounding areas of Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut. A winter storm watch has been posted for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's first transgender candidate for governor says her bid for the office isn't about her gender. Democrat Jacey Wyatt, a businesswoman from Branford, says she doesn't like what she sees happening in the state and believes a political outsider can bring a new perspective and fresh ideas. Wyatt recently filed paperwork to run in the 2018 election. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hasn't yet said whether he plans to seek a third term.