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Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen chant anti-terrorism slogans after breaking the siege on 15,000 Shiite Turkmens stranded in the farming community town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against Sunni Islamic State group positions, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Islamic State extremist group has seized cities, towns and vast tracts of land in northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. It views Shiites as apostates and has carried out a number of massacres and beheadings — often posting grisly videos and photos of the atrocities online. (AP Photo)

Iraqi forces break siege

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the … 0

U.S. wants trains to haul nuclear waste

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ATLANTA — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars … 0

Congress wants decisive action on Islamic State

Sunday, August 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard … 0

Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

Friday, August 29, 2014

BONANZA, Nicaragua — Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have communicated with emergency crews. Teams of dogs helped locate the … 0

New challenge for gov. health care: Tax forms

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. Because of complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, the Department of … 0

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Friday, August 29, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 … 0

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ∎ ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Tom Cole, R-N.M.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, R-N.M. ∎  NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. ∎  CBS’ “Face the Nation” … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Friday, August 29, 2014

Slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake auctioned LOS ANGELES — A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver … 0

Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

Friday, August 29, 2014

SAN RAMON, Mexico — The lumbering freight train known as “The Beast,” a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight. Mexican … 0

Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members … 0

Russian troops, tanks enter Ukraine

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine’s overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. … 0

Obama puts blame for violence in Ukraine squarely on Russia

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in … 0

Military: Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday. Col. James Keefe said his “thoughts and prayers are with the family” of the pilot, whose identity wasn’t … 0