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  • Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola. The past week's jarring Ebola developments have put a spotlight on...

  • New military medical team to help with Ebola in US


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the...

  • Congressional hopefuls Al McAffrey, Steve Russell, talk Islamic State, U.S. military future

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Q&A: Al McAffrey and Steve Russell — With foreign policy front and center as election nears, both major party candidates seeking to replace U.S. Rep. James Lankford in Congress agree the United States must play major role in fighting Islamic State.

  • Anyone can vote by mail in Oklahoma

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Voting by mail is easy in Oklahoma and it could improve election turnout.

  • US, other nations condemn violence in Libya

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and four other nations are strongly condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Joining the U.S. in the condemnation are France, Italy, Germany and Britain. In a joint statement, the five nations say that...

  • High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year. Like earlier orders in North...

  • Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren...

  • Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters...

  • Another year, another small Social Security bump

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will be less than 2...

  • Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in...

  • Obama: US can't cut itself off from West Africa

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also pushed...

  • Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election.

  • Not all cases cited by FBI hinge on access to data

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The text messages captured a cover-up of unimaginable abuse: Parents had struck their toddler so often that they ultimately killed her. The child shook badly because we beat her, the father wrote, and the mother complained that their 2-year-old was the devil. FBI Director...

  • US military sees long haul ahead for war with IS

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the ground war so that U.S. troops won't have to. The U.S. general overseeing the...

  • 'Ebola czar' an expert on Washington, not medicine

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's one thing the "Ebola czar" knows, it's government. Ron Klain, President Barack Obama's new point man on Ebola, has no medical or public health background. But he does have a wealth of experience managing unruly federal bureaucracies in times of crisis. The White...

  • Activists: Islamic State group may have warplanes

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State militant group has captured some MiG fighter jets and is test-flying the warplanes in Syria with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots. Friday's account by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not be independently...

  • Center of Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Gonzalo crossed over this tiny British territory Friday night, pounding Bermuda with fierce wind and heavy surf as a Category 2 storm that carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge. The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph)...

  • WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic. The stepped-up scrutiny of the...

  • US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A cruise ship with a Dallas health care worker aboard who is being monitored for signs of Ebola did not receive clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel. Obama administration officials said the passenger handled a...

  • 16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters (60 feet) to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said. Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft...

  • Syrian Kurdish fighter's long battle in Syrian war

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — At the age of 22, Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad has become a battle-hardened father of two, fighting against an ever increasing array of groups embroiled in Syria's multi-faceted civil. A conscript serving his military service in Syrian President Bashar Assad's army when the Syrian...



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