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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 photo, U.S. troops line up to have their picture taken with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, at the al-Udeid air base in Qatar. Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from a Qatar air base in the global war on extremism. Tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group. The U.S. uses the air base as its main air operations center for the Middle East. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar’s al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic … 0

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

Monday, September 15, 2014

BAGHDAD — The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been “permanently annulled.” The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be … 0

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight … 0

Deadly journey

Monday, September 15, 2014

GENEVA — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — … 0

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

Monday, September 15, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency’s inspector general released a report blasting NASA’s Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects … 0

Mind the (generation) gap

Monday, September 15, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their … 0

‘Everything ... is destroyed’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. … 0

Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to … 0

Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem. White House officials say the campaign, called “It’s On … 0

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri. More than 150,000 people signed an online White House petition urging President Barack Obama to … 0

How to fight Islamic State?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of … 0

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is … 0

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she … 0