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  • Have We Reached Peak ISIS?
    Have We Reached Peak ISIS?

    Gone are the days when ISIS could take down cities in an instant. Now the extremist movement is bogged down in a small Syrian town. Has the West found the way to beat the group back?

  • Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops
    Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

    Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.

  • The Ben Bradlee Mystique
    The Ben Bradlee Mystique

    Usually, when Hollywood makes a movie about an historical figure, the actor who plays the character is better looking, more charismatic and sexier than the real person. Not in the case of Ben Bradlee. In All the President’s Men, the iconic movie story of how a few salty newspapermen brought down President Richard Nixon by exposing the Watergate scandal, the part of Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post, is played by Jason Robards, no slouch in the charm department—but no match for the real thing.

  • Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan? The Senate's balance of power could hinge on the an …
    Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan? The Senate's balance of power could hinge on the an …

    The contest between Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley is one of the closest Senate races in the country. And whether Iowans believe her claim that she is a middle-of-the-road Republican conservative who likes to solve problems — rather than a tea party candidate who wants to impeach President Barack Obama and abolish the Department of Education and the IRS — will decide the race and possibly determine which party controls the Senate.

  • Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

  • Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments
    Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

  • Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall PHANG NGA Thailand (Reuters) - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening. Prayoon Rattanasenee, the acting governor of Phang Nga province, said that interviews conducted by police, rights groups and his own people revealed that the victims were “brought by force.

  • Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record
    Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

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