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Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraqi mountaintop; though airstrike will continue
The Associated Press

EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.

Speaking Thursday at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Obama said U.S. operations helped thousands of civilians flee down the mountain, and that it's unlikely that more airdrops of food and water will be needed.

The Islamic State group's advance in Iraq has driven thousands of people from their homes.

Museums team up to digitize Warhol films

Museums in NYC, Pittsburgh team up to digitize hundreds of Andy Warhol films
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hundreds of films by Andy Warhol will be digitized and made available for public screening under a museum partnership.

The project was announced Thursday by New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and visual effects firm MPC. It covers some 500 films Warhol created between 1963 and 1972.

Nearly 1,000 rolls of 16mm film will be digitally scanned into high-resolution images. The process will begin this month and take several years to complete.

The films themselves have been housed at MoMA since the early 1990s.

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

Syrian government forces seize hotly contested Damascus suburb
Ryan Lucas, The Associated Press

BEIRUT - Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the surrounding countryside, activists and state media said.

Korean Air to halt Kenya flights

Korean Air to suspend Kenya flights in what it says is measure to prevent the spread of Ebola
Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - Korean Air Lines Co. will suspend flights to Kenya in what it said Thursday is a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola.

The South Korean flag carrier will stop operating flights between Incheon and Nairobi from Aug. 20, it said in a statement.

No Ebola cases have been reported in Kenya or other parts of East Africa but the South Korean airline has a history of taking risk minimization measures before other airlines.

Roadside bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen

Afghan official: Roadside bombing kills 3 policemen in eastern province
The Associated Press

KABUL - An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has stuck a police car in eastern Laghman province, killing three officers.

Sarhadi Zwak, the provincial governor's spokesman, says the attack took place on Thursday morning in Badpakh district. He says four policemen were also wounded in the explosion.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing but roadside bombs targeting Afghan troops and security forces are a common insurgent tactic of the Taliban.

Communities across US recover after floods

Recovery after floods, from Detroit to Long Island; 4 killed, dozens rescued in heavy storms
Frank Eltman, The Associated Press

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. - Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths.

Long Island residents were urged to remain off the road Wednesday as a round-the-clock recovery continued after a record 13.26 inches of rain fell between midnight and 9:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania governor: End TV series 'Amish Mafia'

Pennsylvania governor, other politicians call for Discovery Channel to drop 'Amish Mafia'
The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and other politicians have signed a statement calling on the Discovery Channel to drop the series "Amish Mafia."

The statement says "Amish Mafia" is a "bigoted portrayal" of the religious sect and misrepresents the Amish in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County as a "crime-ridden culture."

The statement is signed by 18 elected officials, including congressmen, state senators, state representatives and Lancaster's mayor. Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators signed a similar statement.

Man dies in shooting outside Philly peace concert

Man dies after shooting outside Philadelphia concert held to promote peace, stem violence
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Authorities say a man was shot and killed outside a Philadelphia concert being held to promote peace and stem violence in the city.

Police said the gunfire happened at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Dell Music Center in the city's Fairmount Park.

Officials said the 20-year-old man was arriving at the "Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets" concert when he got into an argument with someone in the parking lot.

Feral horse fight brewing in New Mexico village

Showdown brewing in New Mexico village over the future of free-ranging horses
Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

PLACITAS, N.M. - For decades, free-ranging horses have roamed this mountain village in New Mexico, galloping on residents' property, dashing along roads and attracting tourists and wildlife fans hoping to catch a glimpse.

Their presence has long defined Placitas. But the horses are now drawing the ire of some residents who say their growing numbers are hurting the delicate desert landscape because they eat what little vegetation there is amid an ongoing drought.

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Iranian-born Stanford professor is 1st woman to win Fields Medal, mathematics' top prize
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honour, the Fields Medal.

The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others at a meeting in Seoul on Wednesday.

The prize and $13,700 is awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. It was established in 1936.

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