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Islamic State captures 16 Kurdish towns

Islamic State captures 16 Kurdish towns

KOBANE, Syria, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Islamic State forces captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria, in the Kobani region near the border of Turkey, Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
Ferguson cop testifies before grand jury about Michael Brown shooting

Ferguson cop testifies before grand jury about Michael Brown shooting

FERGUSON, Mo., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown testified before a grand jury for nearly four hours Tuesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Prison for drug-filled football toss into prison

Prison for drug-filled football toss into prison

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Michigan man Christen Deon-Sterling Moore admitted throwing a drug-filled football over a prison fence was "immature," and was sentenced to prison for it.
Ben Hooper
Ukraine's Poroshenko asks U.S. Congress for lethal aid at joint session

Ukraine's Poroshenko asks U.S. Congress for lethal aid at joint session

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrived in Washington Thursday, where he delivered an address to a joint session of Congress and asked for lethal aid.
JC Finley
Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant

Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Apple has found the solution to being forced to hand over iPhone user data to the government and law enforcement: make it impossible.
Aileen Graef
Darrell Hammond will be new announcer for 'Saturday Night Live'

Darrell Hammond will be new announcer for 'Saturday Night Live'

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Darrell Hammond is to return as the sketch comedy show's new announcer, NBC announced Thursday.
Karen Butler
Californians' fire consciousness has kept fire season from being worse

Californians' fire consciousness has kept fire season from being worse

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Californians have learned to be careful after three years of drought, keeping this year's busy wildfire season from being even worse, an expert said.
Frances Burns
Catalonia and Spain closely watch Scotland's independence referendum

Catalonia and Spain closely watch Scotland's independence referendum

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- As the world watches Scotland's independence referendum, perhaps nowhere outside the U.K. has more at stake in the results than the Catalonia region of Spain.
Matt Bradwell
Court reverses convictions of New York men in 1992 kidnapping

Court reverses convictions of New York men in 1992 kidnapping

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Prosecutors were involved in "burying" information that would have undercut their case against two men convicted of kidnapping a teenager in 1992, a New York appeals court said.
Frances Burns
Australia disrupts possible public beheading terror plot; 15 arrested

Australia disrupts possible public beheading terror plot; 15 arrested

MELBOURNE, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Australian authorities have arrested 15 people suspected of planning a public beheading at the direction of a senior member of the Islamic State terror group.
JC Finley
China to invest $20 billion in India

China to invest $20 billion in India

NEW DELHI , Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Leaders of the world's two most populous countries, China and India, have signed 14 agreements thus far in their summit meeting in New Delhi.
Ed Adamczyk
MAVEN space probe to reach Mars this weekend

MAVEN space probe to reach Mars this weekend

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- After a 10-month, 442-million-mile-long interplanetary journey, MAVEN, one of NASA's newest space probes, is set to orbit Mars.
Brooks Hays
Danish town outfits homeless with GPS trackers

Danish town outfits homeless with GPS trackers

ODENSE, Denmark, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A Danish town outfitted homeless volunteers with GPS devices to help officials track the routines of "those who just want to sit on a bench and drink beers."
Ben Hooper
Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese

Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- North Korean defectors claim Kim Jong Un's weight problems are partially due to the dictator's taste for specially imported Swiss cheese.
Ben Hooper
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