But the jihadist Islamic State said it still controls the dam, and that fighting is ongoing. If the Kurdish claim is confirmed, it would deal the militants their first major reversal since June.
Members of the National Guard have arrived in the St. Louis area, one day after the suburb of Ferguson saw new violence at a protest over an unarmed teenager killed by police.
Protesters attacked a quarantine center holding the patients, forcing at least 20 to leave the facility. Getty's John Moore says the "mob ... pulled people out of the isolation ward."
Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists are blaming one another for an attack on a convoy carrying people who were fleeing the fighting near the eastern city of Luhansk.
Citing health concerns, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he'll leave Ecuador's embassy, where he has lived for more than two years. He faces potential criminal charges in Sweden and the U.S.
In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.
With a shaky cease-fire holding, Israel is starting to take stock of how much the monthlong war with Hamas will cost.
A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.
A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.
The agency's fleet of planes shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, falling from 40 air tankers to nine. Now, the addition of new airplanes is both expanding and modernizing the firefighting fleet.
Dozens of Navajo communities have passed resolutions banning smoking in government buildings and work places this year. But some casino operators worry the measures will drive customers away.
U.S. Border Patrol says the fence separating Mexico and Texas helps control the illegal movement of people and contraband. But many who live on the Texas border call it a boondoggle.
Demand for specialty and artisanal foods is booming, and new entrepreneurs want to get in on the action. Incubators can provide shared commercial kitchen space and tips on sales and distribution.
In a rare move for him, Obama took a break from his vacation to return to Washington for meetings on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.
Clashes among protesters, journalists and police in the St. Louis suburb erupted into chaos hours before a midnight curfew began Sunday night.
Lincoln, Neb., is home to a sizable group of Iraqi Yazidis, members of the minority group being persecuted in Iraq. One of them, Sulaiman Murad, describes the agony of watching the crisis from afar.
The home of Paul MacLeod — with its Elvis shrine and offbeat owner — drew tourists to the postcard town of Holly Springs, Miss. Now, a tragedy has left the town reeling and debating the home's fate.
The city is losing about 100 officers a year to retirements and resignations. To beef up the force, New Orleans is speeding up background checks and relaxing some requirements for the job.
The Missouri Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in violence-wracked Ferguson says: "You are my friends and I am you."
Amid ongoing tension over the shooting death of an unarmed teen, churches are telling their parishioners that now is the time for tough conversations.