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Anti-Islamic State Forces Launch Attack In Effort To Retake Fallujah

Forces fighting against the Islamic State have launched an offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

NPR's Alison Meuse reports that international aid groups have seen hundreds of civilians fleeing, but they represent only a fraction of those still trapped in the city.

Alison filed this report for our Newscast unit:

Protests, Suspicion In Vietnam Over Government's Response To Fish Kill

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Cyndy Bulson now volunteers at Stocking, helping monitor kids in the morning, serving breakfast and chaperoning field trips.

What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence

Mel Atkins has spent most of his life with Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High, where he played baseball. But his real love was bowling. He says he's bowled 22 perfect games.

He's been a teacher and principal in the city's public schools. And now he works for the district, overseeing just about everything related to students.

One more thing you need to know about him: Mel Atkins is a number-cruncher.

Three years ago, the superintendent came to him with a question: Does Grand Rapids have an issue with chronic absenteeism?

3 Shipwrecks In 3 Days: 700 People Die Trying To Cross Mediterranean

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Memorial Day In Kandahar: A Run To Honor America's Fallen

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Illinois General Assembly Works To Resolve Budget Impasse

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Flying Home Today? Expect Short-Staffed TSA And Long Security Lines

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Iraqis Again Try To Take Back Fallujah From ISIS

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Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and now the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee, addresses an audience at Macalester College on Sept. 21, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn.

Libertarians Tap 2 Former GOP Governors For White House

Governors didn't fare too well in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries this year.

But two former Republican governors will be on top of the Libertarian Party ticket in November.

At the party's convention in Florida this weekend, Libertarians selected former governors Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts as their presidential and vice presidential standard-bearers. The move could give the little-known party more visibility in a year when many voters say they're open to new options.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks in front of the Stonewall Inn in 2014 to announce a National Park Service initiative to identify historic sites related to the struggle for LGBT rights.

Long A Symbol, Stonewall Inn May Soon Become Monument To LGBT Rights

The Obama administration is taking steps to name the first national monument dedicated to the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

A likely location is in New York City, where the Stonewall riots sparked the modern gay-rights movement almost a half-century ago.

"It sounded like screaming and real cries of agony and desperation finally being released," recalls Martin Boyce, 68, who participated in the riots in the early hours of June 28, 1969.