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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama last week outlined his military plan to destroy the extremists, authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, stepping up attacks in Iraq and deploying additional American troops, with more than 1,000 now advising and assisting Iraqi security forces to counter the terrorism threat.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi … 0

3 survive capsizing, make night swim to safety

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LIHUE, Hawaii — A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai. Boat owner Zack Romanak of Port Allen said he wanted to stay close to the capsized boat Sunday … 0

Fire under their butts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DANVILLE, Va. — Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had … 0

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but not a problem

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the … 0

Texas asks court to allow closure of most clinics

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court that has already upheld a Texas law restricting abortions heard arguments Friday about an even tougher part of the same law, which requires all abortion clinics to adopt costly standards mandated for walk-in surgical clinics. Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell asked … 0

Counting the dead

Friday, September 12, 2014

GUEN, Central African Republic — More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too … 0

Rocket sites

Friday, September 12, 2014

By HAMZA HENDAWI and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at … 0

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes

Friday, September 12, 2014

Associated Press JERUSALEM — A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer’s Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run schools housing … 0

Obama’s ISIS fight faces high risks

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State group. A … 0

UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria after 2 weeks

Friday, September 12, 2014

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two weeks ago in Syria, ending the U.N.’s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of its 40-year-old monitoring … 0

Wind power opponents seek repeal of tax credit

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOREST, Wis. — When wind-power developers prospected the rolling hills around this small dairy town, they found plenty of gusty sites for turbines. In 2011, they proposed a $250 million project with up to 44 turbines that could produce enough energy to power thousands of homes. Since then, … 0

Missouri triples waiting period for abortion

Thursday, September 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In 30 days, Missouri’s abortion rules will rank among the most stringent in the country. On Thursday, that gave one side of the perennial debate much to cheer about and prompted the other to fret. Abortion opponents spoke ecstatically, saying the new law would … 0

American gets blood from fellow Ebola survivor

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past week. … 0