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FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it empowers _ not the U.S. _ are leading the charge. Carter, under questioning from Sen. John McCain this week, acknowledged his concern when McCain asked if it alarms him that Iran “has basically taken over the fight.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Iranian role in fighting IS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it empowers — not the U.S. — are leading the charge. … 0

Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

Thursday, March 5, 2015

POLK CITY, Fla. — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision … 0

Better, stronger FAFSA

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ATLANTA — For many students the road to college begins before they ever set foot on a campus, with filling out a form — a long one. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, determines how much financial aid (grants, loans, work study) a student can receive. Many states and colleges also … 0

Senate approves 1-week funding bill for Homeland Security

Friday, February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown. By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill. It came a … 0

Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs

Friday, February 27, 2015

PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan — In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the … 0

Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83

Friday, February 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called “Star Trek,” he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. “I really didn’t give it … 0

FCC OKs net neutrality

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one … 0

World wonders: Who’s ‘Jihadi John’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LONDON — The man with a British accent who appears in Islamic State videos showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and others being beheaded in Syria has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British citizen, … 0

Researchers find new reason to drink coffee: It may reduce risk of MS

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We’re not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference. In a new study, researchers … 0

DC legalizes it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 … 0

‘FNV’: branding fruits & veggies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica … 0

Fact check: Net neutrality

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping political banter in the “net neutrality” debate. The Federal Communications Commission will vote today on whether to put Internet … 0

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting … 0