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Syrian rebel aid clears Congress

posted: 09/19/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Congress cleared the way Thursday for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State extremist group, ratifying a strategy President Barack Obama outlined last week.

Home Depot tallies breach

posted: 09/19/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Home Depot Inc. said Thursday that a data breach between April and September put about 56 million credit and debit cards at risk.

Household wealth rises 1.7% to record

posted: 09/19/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Household wealth in the U.S. climbed in the second quarter to a record high, reflecting stock-market gains and higher home prices that are mostly benefiting upper-income Americans.

Border Patrol sets body-camera tests

posted: 09/19/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, as the government faces criticism about agents' use of force.

Health care rolls in August show falloff

posted: 09/19/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Enrollment in health plans offered through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act dipped slightly through this year, falling from about 8 million this spring to 7.3 million in mid-August, the Obama administration announced Thursday.

Boozman, Pryor vote yes to fund Syria fighters' training, gear

posted: 09/19/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor supported a measure Thursday to fund training and equipment for Syrians fighting against the Islamic State and to continue funding the U.S. government until mid-December.

1 held on arson charge in California wildfire

posted: 09/19/2014 4:29 a.m. Discuss

CAMINO, Calif. -- A man was charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/19/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Police kill man in St. Louis suburb

Names and faces

posted: 09/19/2014 4:24 a.m. Discuss

A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

In the news

posted: 09/19/2014 4:23 a.m. Discuss

Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Kansas, was allowed by the state Supreme Court to withdraw his name from the ballot, a move seen as benefiting an independent candidate, Greg Orman, seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

Deputy feared lost in Texas flooding

posted: 09/19/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

AUSTIN, Texas — Rescue crews were searching Thursday for a Texas sheriff’s deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged in floodwaters.

House gives Obama OK to train Syrians

posted: 09/18/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 2

The Republican-controlled House voted to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

Feeling heat, school police rethink GI gear

posted: 09/18/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

California fire crews sort through damage

posted: 09/18/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed, while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.

Arizonans fortify buildings as deluge from Odile begins

posted: 09/18/2014 4:48 a.m. Discuss

People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona.

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