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Iraq, Iran push back on U.S. defense chief over Ramadi loss

posted: 05/25/2015 9:20 a.m. Comments 3

BAGHDAD — Iraq and Iran pushed back Monday against U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's criticisms over the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group, with an Iranian general going as far as saying America had "no will" to fight the extremists.

New Oakland police policy draws protests

posted: 05/25/2015 9:13 a.m. Discuss

OAKLAND, Calif. — Police made arrests as demonstrators marched in downtown Oakland to against the city's new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests — the second such gathering in as many days.

Carter: Iraqis display 'No will to fight'

updated: 05/25/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces had demonstrated "no will to fight" against the Islamic State, blaming them for a retreat that led to the terrorist group's victory in capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

Texas flooding wreaks havoc

updated: 05/25/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas, Oklahoma and other states on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

Math genius, 86, wife die in crash

updated: 05/25/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind, has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

'Suspicious' vehicle probed at Capitol

posted: 05/25/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. Capitol Police spokesman said a bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended near the Capitol building, and the vehicle's owner has been arrested.

71 arrested in Cleveland protests

updated: 05/25/2015 3:15 a.m. Comments 2

The streets returned to calm Sunday after Cleveland police arrested dozens of demonstrators overnight when protests grew increasingly aggressive in the wake of a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.

Forgotten N.Y. soldier honored at last

posted: 05/25/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn't around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital, and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's believed to have died sometime in 1942.

Dutch pay tribute to U.S. war dead

posted: 05/25/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute Sunday at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II, while NATO’s supreme commander said the fight to defend freedom continues to this day.

The nation in brief

updated: 05/25/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Washington motorcycle ride honors vets WASHINGTON -- The roar of motorcycle engines filled the air in the nation's capital Sunday as thousands of bikers saluted military veterans with the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/25/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 05/25/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to go to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the past month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation’s vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. Sarandon was in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

In the news

posted: 05/25/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Julian Castro, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, defended presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton against scrutiny of her use of a private email server, saying on CNN’s State of the Union that Republican leaders are conducting a “witch hunt” on the former secretary of state.

University acquires Hammett’s papers

posted: 05/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A major collection of letters, photos and publications of the late crime fiction author Dashiell Hammett has been acquired by the University of South Carolina and will be made available to students and scholars within the coming year.

Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message

posted: 05/24/2015 2:09 p.m. Comments 20

NEW YORK — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.

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