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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 leaders reach deal to avoid Homeland Security shutdown

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Barack Obama headed to Miami to make the case for his … 0

Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans … 0

Democrats unswayed by Obama plan to use force against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The biggest question surrounding President Barack Obama’s request for Congress to authorize military force against Islamic State is how far his party will back him in the fight. After the White House sent the proposal to Congress on Feb. 11, Republicans lined up to denounce the … 0

Call to study potential anesthesia risk to babies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers. It’s a balancing act: Doctors don’t … 0

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president … 0

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a … 0

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but … 0

Tired of spilling coffee? Scientists have suggestion

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you’ve ever had your coffee suddenly slosh out of the drinking hole or over the cup rim and onto your pants, you know the struggle. But according to a team of physicists, there’s an easy solution: Buy … 0

McConnell offers plan to keep DHS open

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money Friday if Congress fails to act. McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s willing to hold a vote on a bill funding the … 0

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police in Washington state

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him. The 60-year-old woman from … 0