Pint-size thieves frighten Ivory Coast’s largest city

The attack made Bamba the latest victim of the "microbes," roving bands of kids as young as 12 whose violent robberies the past few weeks have raised alarm over crime in working-class neighborhoods of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's largest city. Though not a new phenomenon, tabloid coverage of the "microbes" "' the French word for germs "' combined with fears they are spreading to new parts of town have residents complaining that the government has failed to keep them safe.

iPhone 7 Rumor Rollup: Think fast, think pink and think small

Time's a-ticking, and we're getting closer and closer to what is almost certainly the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, though not the iPhone 7. Time's a-ticking, and we're getting closer and closer to what is almost certainly the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, though not the iPhone 7. The latest leaks, reported by Chinese website Daliulian , say that the new models to be revealed on September 9 will be available in a metallic pink finish for the first time. Reese Witherspoon's character from Legally Blond ought to be thrilled.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

National Park officials are expecting a spike in traffic along the Appalachian Trail after the release next month of a Hollywood film about two hikers who attempt to conquer the 2,190-mile route. Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials saw a 60 percent increase in traffic in the area after Billy Bryson's book, "A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on The Appalachian Trail," was published, according to The Daily Times in Maryville .

Pico Rivera man pleads not guilty in child porn extortion case

A 19-year-old Pico Rivera man is facing several life sentences after prosecutors allege he used social media to extort girls as young as 12 to send him nude photos and videos. Between January and April, Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila reportedly reached out to the victims and befriended them via Facebook and Kik social media sites, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt.