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U.S. official: American militant said killed in Syria

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said. More

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

Palestinians shoot fire works as they celebrate the cease-fire between Palestinians and Israelis at the main road in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Adel Hana / AP

Jerusalem — An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting. More

Officials: Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi in Arizona

Dolan Springs, Ariz. — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. More

LA authorities: Man who shot 7 is 'serial killer'

Bill McSweeney, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief Detective Division, left, with Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, take questions from the media during a news conference in Los Angeles, Aug. 26, 2014. Police say a man in custody is a serial killer who shot seven people, leaving four dead over five days. Deputy Chief Albanese said that the three other victims were critically injured and two dogs were also shot and killed before the arrest of 34-year-old Alexander Hernandez of Sylmar. Damian Dovarganes / AP

Los Angeles — A man who authorities are now calling a serial killer opened fire on Los Angeles-area streets for five straight days until he was finally arrested, police said. More

North Korea: Michael Brown shooting evidence that U.S. a 'graveyard of human rights'

Seoul, South Korea — North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a 'graveyard of human rights.' More

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

This photo provided by the Washington County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows a search underway Aug. 26, 2014, for family members of a child who apparently drowned Monday at Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir in Gaston, Ore., west of Portland. AP

Gaston, Ore. — It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old grandson. More

Bound bodies of 2 found in Philadelphia river; 3rd hurt

Philadelphia — The bound bodies of two people were found in a Philadelphia river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself was taken to a hospital for stab wounds, police said. More

Southern California prepares as big waves brew

Beachgoers watch large waves crash on the shore at Seal Beach, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014. Residents in Southern California coastal areas filled sandbags and built sand berms Tuesday to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie off Mexico's Pacific coast. Nick Ut / AP

Newport Beach, Calif. — The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing. More

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

A man in special protection suit sits in an ambulance in front of the entrance of Eppendorf hospital in Hamburg, Germany, Aug. 27, 2014. Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment. Georg Wendt / AP

Freetown, Sierra Leone — A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease. More

Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

Washington — U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants. More

Government-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

Smoke rises during shelling in the town of Novoazovsk, eastern Ukraine, Aug. 27, 2014. Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis. Sergei Grits / AP

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the es More

Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

London — Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. More

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

IMF chief Christine Lagarde poses on the sideline of a press conference, on Aug. 27, 2014, at her lawyer's office in Paris, after announcing she had been charged for 'negligence' over a multi-million-euro corruption case relating to her time as French finance minister in 2008. Thomas Samson / Getty Images

Paris — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. More

Palestinians, Israelis agree to cease-fire, future talks

Palestinians inspect the damage to the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-story Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. Khalil Hamra / AP

Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues. More

Report: American killed fighting for Syria radicals

Rebel fighters walk in front of damaged buildings in Karam al-Jabal neighbourhood of Aleppo on August 26, 2014. ZEIN AL-RIFAI / AFP/Getty Images

— A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State. More

VA: No proof veterans died because of delays

The Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. Ross D. Franklin / AP

Washington — The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans wai More

Saginaw man one of 4 college wrestling team members killed in Ohio plane crash

Richmond Heights, Ohio — The four men killed in a fiery plane crash in Ohio were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, including three members of the varsity wrestling team, school officials said Tuesday. More

Officials: Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya. They say the United States wasn't notified in advance of the attacks. More

Mexican president faces protest in California

— Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met Tuesday with lawmakers and swapped praise with Gov. Jerry Brown, but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day of his visit to California. More

Calif. capitalizing on Chinese tourists

— On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls. More

Obama vows justice in murder of American

Charlotte, N.C. — President Barack Obama says 'America does not forget' and is vowing justice for the murder of an American journalist. More

Police probe theft from Rosa Parks' old Alabama apartment

Montgomery, Ala. — Police say thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus. More

Jerusalem police search for missing U.S. student

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, right, R-N.J., addresses a gathering as he stands near a photograph of Aaron Sofer, center, 23, Aug. 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for the young New Jersey religious student who went missing in Israel during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Mel Evans / AP

Jerusalem — Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a U.S. religious student who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. More

U.S. health official: Ebola has 'upper hand'

A health worker helps a sick girl onto a truck to be taken to the county clinic for observation for possible Ebola on Aug. 24, 2014, in Dolo Town, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

Monrovia, Liberia — The Ebola virus has the 'upper hand' in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. More

UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

Nairobi, Kenya — A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. More

New York City subway train goes wrong way

New York — New York City transit officials say a subway operator and conductor have been taken out of service while they investigate how a train ended up going the wrong way. More

4 found dead in suspected murder-suicide in Tulsa

Tulsa, Okla. — Four people, including two young children, have been shot to death in a Tulsa apartment and authorities say they're investigating the case as a triple murder-suicide. A 2-year-old child was discovered unharmed. More

Putin talks with Ukraine's leader; fighting widens

Minsk, Belarus — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine met face-to-face Tuesday for the first time since June to talk about the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine's separatist east. More

Michael Brown's funeral inspires calls for social activism

The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis Missouri. Michael Brown,18 year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by a Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the nearby town of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. Pool / Getty Images

St. Louis — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a 'gentle giant,' aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. More

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