THE FIRST TEN AMONG A GROUP OF 150 IRAQI KURDISH TROOPS HAVE CROSSED INTO SYRIA TO SUPPORT SYRIAN KURDS FIGHTING ISIS IN KOBANI *

THE STRATEGIC BORDER TOWN HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK BY ISIS SINCE MID-SEPT *

U.S.-LED AIRSTRIKES NEAR KOBANI HAVE REPORTEDLY SLOWED ISIS'S ADVANCES *

ACTIVISTS SAY MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE VIOLENCE *

PRISONER WHOSE CONFESSION HELPED FREE A DEATH ROW INMATE IN A 1982 DOUBLE KILLING ORDERED RELEASED BY A JUDGE IN ILLINOIS *

ALSTORY SIMON'S CONFESSION IN THE HIGH-PROFILE CASE LED TO THE 1999 RELEASE OF ANTHONY PORTER, WHO HAD SPENT 16 YRS ON DEATH ROW *

THE CASE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CAMPAIGN TO END ILLINOIS' DEATH PENALTY, WHICH WAS ABOLISHED IN 2011 *

LONGEST-SERVING BOSTON MAYOR, THOMAS MENINO, DIES AT AGE 71 *

MENINO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED CANCER IN FEB AND ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS MONTH HE WOULD SUSPEND TREATMENT TO SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY *

MENINO WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 1993 AND WON RE-ELECTION FOUR TIMES, ESCHEWING A SIXTH TERM IN 2013 *

MENINO WAS IN OFFICE DURING LAST YR'S MARATHON DAY BOMBINGS *

BODIES OF 48 SUNNI TRIBESMEN KILLED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP FOUND IN THE WESTERN IRAQI PROVINCE OF ANBAR *

VICTIMS WERE TRIBAL FIGHTERS ALLIED WITH THE GOVT AND MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY FORCES WHO WERE ROUNDED UP FROM VILLAGES AROUND HIT AFTER MILITANTS SEIZED THE AREA IN EARLY OCT *

ON WED, ANOTHER 30 BODIES OF SUNNI FIGHTERS KILLED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IN HIT WERE FOUND *

OFFICIALS SAY LIBERIA IS MAKING SOME PROGRESS IN CONTAINING EBOLA, WHILE THE CRISIS IN SIERRA LEONE IS EXPECTED TO GET WORSE *

THE OFFICIALS SAY BOTH COUNTRIES MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO ERADICATE THE DISEASE, WHICH HAS INFECTED MORE THAN 13,000 PEOPLE AND KILLED NEARLY 5,000 *

WORLD BANK ESTIMATES THE FINANCIAL IMPACT COULD REACH $32.6 BIL BY THE END OF 2015 IF THE VIRUS CONTINUES TO SURGE IN THE WORST-AFFECTED COUNTRIES AND SPREADS TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES *

FED TRADE COMMISSION TO SUE BABY FOOD MAKER GERBER FOR CLAIMS ONE OF THE COMPANY'S FORMULAS CAN PREVENT OR REDUCE ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN *

FTC IS CALLING ON THE COMPANY TO PULL THE CLAIM FROM FORMULA LABELS AND ADS *

IN A STATEMENT, GERBER SAYS ITS GOOD START GENTLE FORMULA CAN HELP PREVENT BABY ECZEMA AND THAT THE COMPANY WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA TO FEATURE THAT CLAIM *

LAVA SLOWLY CREEPING INTO A RURAL HAWAII TOWN CLOSE TO A RESIDENCE *

THE MOLTEN STREAM SO FAR HAS BURNED A SHED, SOME TIRES AND VEGETATION, BUT NO HOMES *

MEANWHILE, SCIENTISTS FROM THE HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY REPORT THE FLOW'S LEADING EDGE IS 240 YARDS FROM PAHOA VILLAGE ROAD, WHICH LEADS THROUGH DOWNTOWN *

VATICAN SAYS THE SISTINE CHAPEL'S FRESCOES ARE TURNING WHITE FROM AIR POLLUTION CAUSED BY SO MANY VISITORS PASSING THROUGH EACH DAY *

OFFICIALS FIRST NOTICED THE ISSUE IN 2010 AND LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION *

THE EXACT ORIGIN IS UNKNOWN, BUT INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE POWDERY PATINA IS CAUSED BY CALCIUM CARBONATE AND CALCIUM BICARBONATE DEPOSITS *

VATICAN AUTHORITIES SAY A NEW AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED THIS WK WILL PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE *