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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, looks at President Barack Obama as the president speaks to the media after receiving an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State, during a rare visit to the Pentagon on Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: Anti-IS strategy unchanged as airstrikes on the increase

Monday, July 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that the Islamic State terrorists have been “particularly effective” at recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq and Syria but pledged to stay on track with his current strategy even though it “will not be quick” in bringing about the group’s defeat. Speaking at the Pentagon with his top military commanders at his side, … 0

Simple bill to help vets shows things in Congress aren’t so simple

Monday, July 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A bill that would create a uniform identification card for U.S. military veterans is in the final stages of its journey from idea to law, and is being seen both as a nice benefit for America’s fighting men and women and an illustration of just how hard it can be to get anything through Congress. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, … 0

Iran pushes for end to arms embargo

Monday, July 6, 2015

VIENNA — A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on the country — a parallel deal that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran’s Mideast power and influence. Speaking on the eve of an already-extended … 0

Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline

Sunday, July 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress return from July Fourth fireworks and parades Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. The funding fight is shaping … 0

Social media passwords standoff in Houston breaks new legal ground

Sunday, July 5, 2015

HOUSTON — A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy … 0

Trump comments divide GOP

Sunday, July 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — More than two weeks after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, he continues to dominate the Republican presidential campaign debate and to divide his rivals for the nomination. Initially, most Republican candidates tried to ignore … 0

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes?

Friday, July 3, 2015

CHICAGO — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden … 0

America redefining identity for 21st century

Friday, July 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — As it nears another birthday, America is forging the outlines of a new century. It’s moving with now remarkable speed to cast aside some of the traditions and mores that dominated American life for centuries. The … 0

Job market’s new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

Friday, July 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn’t what it used to be. Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can’t find full-time work. And a … 0

Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

Friday, July 3, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — On a night filled with emotion and packed city squares, naysaying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his “yes” vote rivals made their final pitches at bailout referendum rallies, as polls showed the two sides … 0

Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

Friday, July 3, 2015

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport … 0

IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

Friday, July 3, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found … 0

Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump’s ‘idiocy’

Friday, July 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have … 0