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  • White House backs use of body cameras by police

    Updated: 39 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri....

  • President Barack Obama awards Medal of Honor to two Oklahoma men who fought in Vietnam

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    At a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama told the stories of bravery and sacrifice of Oklahoma men Donald P. Sloat and Bennie G. Adkins and awarded the nation’s highest military honor.

  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Updated: 48 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group....

  • First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters. The U.S. Central Command said it conducted a...

  • US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers. The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling by one of its administrative judges...

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions. Industry analysts expect strong...

  • Obama civil rights nominee withdraws

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to be the government's chief civil rights attorney withdrew his nomination for the post Monday. Obama tapped Debo Adegbile for the Justice Department job last year. But a bipartisan group of senators blocked his nomination earlier this year...

  • Oklahoma City, firefighters square off over holiday, vacation leave

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Byron Thomason, an arbitrator found that a dispute about Oklahoma City firefighters’ ability to take their vacation and holiday leave had “festered” for some time. As of Friday, the city said firefighters had accrued 244,264 hours of unused vacation leave.

  • AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian...

  • GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November's elections. GOP senators blockaded the...

  • Statehood hearing for DC unlikely to spur change

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is dusting off the notion of statehood for the District of Columbia for the first time in 21 years, but that doesn't mean residents of the nation's capital are any closer to gaining representation on Capitol Hill. District leaders testified passionately about...

  • Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama's future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it has selected four universities to compete for...

  • Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday. The Health and Human Services Department said some people who got...

  • Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73. His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Boggs died Monday...

  • Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Jill Kelley of Tampa can move ahead with claims that the FBI...

  • Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as...

  • Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack...

  • Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. A series of mysterious airstrikes, which U.S. officials have previously...

  • US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there. Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, was convicted Sunday of entering the country illegally to commit espionage. The...

  • Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq. The State Department said Monday that Kerry would convene the council on Friday to show international support for the new Iraqi government and...

  • US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an...



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