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House approves arms, training for Syrian rebels

posted: 09/17/2014 4:12 p.m. Discuss

The Republican-controlled House has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

posted: 09/17/2014 11 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

posted: 09/17/2014 8:12 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

General sees ground forces as U.S. option

posted: 09/17/2014 5:01 a.m. Comment 1

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, offering a more expansive view of the U.S. role in the fight than President Barack Obama.

Kansas justices review ballot-exit request

posted: 09/17/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate.

54% of U.S. adults in study big-bellied

posted: 09/17/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

Wildfire devastates lumber town

posted: 09/17/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard.

Social Security is back on mail track

posted: 09/17/2014 4:31 a.m. Discuss

The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.

Kabul car bombing kills 3 NATO troops

posted: 09/17/2014 4:18 a.m. Discuss

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

Poverty rate falls; 1st time since ’06

posted: 09/17/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

The poverty rate declined slightly last year for the first time since 2006, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, but there was no statistically significant change in the number of poor people or in the income level of the typical American household.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/17/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Survivalist named as trooper's killer BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

Names and faces

posted: 09/17/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

George Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year's Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday that the 53-year-old entertainer and activist will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the ceremony on Jan. 11. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made "an incredible impact on the world of entertainment."

In the news

posted: 09/17/2014 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis, who last weekend married 20 couples to highlight the role of families, plans to celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 28 in honor of grandparents.

General: If campaign fails, ground troops possible in Iraq

posted: 09/16/2014 11:10 a.m. Comments 2

The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama’s expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails.

Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

posted: 09/16/2014 10:22 a.m. Discuss

ST. LOUIS — A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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