• McCain calls for dramatic increase in US airstrikes against Islamic State

    By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. McCain told Reuters that the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants should serve as a turning point for President Barack Obama's…

  • U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

    Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means that a July…

  • Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper. Perry also waived his right to an arraignment scheduled for Friday,…

  • NYC mayor turns to clergy to heal rift over police choke hold

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to the city's religious leaders on Wednesday to help heal relations between minority communities after a black man on Staten Island died last month after police put him in a choke hold. De Blasio held a private meeting…

  • Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself “heartbroken” by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group’s “cancer” out of the Middle East.

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  • Who is Steven Sotloff, the other U.S. journalist being held by ISIL?

    The family of Steven Sotloff — believed to be the person who appears at the end of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant video showing the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley — is asking the White House to do everything it can to free him.

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  • Can the police really do that?

    In the days since two reporters were arrested at a Ferguson McDonald’s during fiery protests ignited after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, stunned Americans watching news coverage of officers with combat gear, rifles and tear gas have found themselves asking of police…

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  • Ferguson protests: Day 9 [live updates]

    After another night of violent clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon issued executive order early Monday calling in the National Guard to maintain order as tensions over the fatal shooting an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer continue to rise.

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  • Rick Perry's Mugshot vs. Official Governor's Portrait, Which Is Better?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself into authorities Tuesday and posed for what might be one of the best looking political mugshots in history. The question is, did Rick Perry take his mugshot with all the gubernatorial swagger expected of his office? And how does his...

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  • White House knew of recent ISIS threat to kill U.S. journalist

    ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night...

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  • McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.

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  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

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  • APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

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  • News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:

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  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the…

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  • Evolution of public-carry laws expands gun rights

    Public-carry has moved from rare to widespread in the wake of recent shooting incidents

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  • Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

    Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

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  • Nine Comments That Could Get You Fired

    Even if you have a good relationship with your manager, there are some things you should never say to your boss. Find different ways to say it.

  • Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

    Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

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