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3 in U.S. nabbed in plot to join Islamic State

updated: 02/26/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group and wage war against the U.S.

Iran drills target replica of U.S. carrier

posted: 02/26/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf.

House panel chief to Kerry: Iran talks on disturbing path

posted: 02/26/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

A key player in Congress' foreign policymaking posture pressed Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday about sensitive nuclear talks with Iran, saying Tehran is stonewalling international inspectors about its past work on an atomic bomb.

Legislator’s cash use gets scrutiny

posted: 02/26/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

An advocacy group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air travel.

The nation in brief

updated: 02/26/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Sequence of Maine I-95 pileups hurts 17 ETNA, Maine -- More than 70 vehicles got tangled up in a series of chain-reaction pileups Wednesday along a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine, injuring at least 17 people, state police said.

Names and faces

updated: 02/26/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Filmmaker Roman Polanski appeared in a court Wednesday in Poland for a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition on charges of sex with a minor, a case that has haunted him since 1977. Judge Dariusz Mazur was not expected to make a ruling Wednesday and scheduled another hearing, providing time to study documents that arrived this week from Switzerland, which in 2010 refused to extradite Polanski. The next hearing could be in April or sooner, according to court spokesman Grazyna Rokita.

In the news

updated: 02/26/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Mark Beckner, the former Boulder, Colo., police chief who led the investigation into the 1996 slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, acknowledged online in an "Ask Me Anything" session on the website Reddit that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

Senator aims to split alien, security issues

updated: 02/25/2015 4:07 a.m. Comments 2

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which will run out of money Friday if Congress fails to act.

As vowed, Obama vetoes pipeline bill

updated: 02/25/2015 4:03 a.m. Comments 14

President Barack Obama issued the third veto of his presidency Tuesday to reject legislation that would allow the Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built, escalating a battle over the project between the White House and Republicans in Congress.

California train hits truck; 28 hurt

updated: 02/25/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A commuter train slammed into a truck stuck on the tracks in Oxnard, Calif., early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuring at least 30 people.

Ex-Marine who killed Sniper author, his pal is guilty, gets life

posted: 02/25/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

Study finds uninsured rate at low

updated: 02/25/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

U.S. won't charge teen's killer

updated: 02/25/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

NYC ralliers not misled, court says

posted: 02/25/2015 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Police didn’t mislead more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters into getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, a federal appeals court decided in ordering the demonstrators’ lawsuit dismissed.

'Pot' use legal in Alaska, but details lacking

updated: 02/25/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, but it was met with little fanfare.

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