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  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist...

  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

  • D.C. Notes: Oklahoma's 5th congressional district race seems to lack voter interest

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Also in notes from Washington, lawyers from all over the country wanted in on Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case after a Norman attorney spent years working on it.

  • Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the...

  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces....

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine...

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get...

  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections. Addressing Democratic donors at a...

  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 of Congress to...

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old...

  • Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated. In a brief statement, the 24-member board said it...

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund...

  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Many reports of sexual attacks at Oklahoma women's prison were from ulterior motives, corrections chief says

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    At a Washington hearing, Oklahoma corrections director says some inmates used sexual assault and harassment reporting as a tool to get moved to a new cell or get someone punished.

  • New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

  • US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the...



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