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  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The...

  • Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers. Immigrant...

  • Obama: Vote shows US united against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a bipartisan Senate vote to authorize arming and training Syrian rebels shows the world that Americans are united in combating the Islamic State group. Obama says Islamic State terrorists thought they could frighten or intimidate the U.S. through...

  • Senate approves bill with training for Syrian rebels, clearing it for Obama to sign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approves bill with training for Syrian rebels, clearing it for Obama to sign.

  • Congress OKs bill to cut rape evidence backlog

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases. The program provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can...

  • Senate blocks effort to stop Obama on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican effort to prevent President Barack Obama from acting unilaterally on immigration. Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas pushed a measure that would have prevented Obama from taking executive action to curb deportations...

  • Obama nominates US envoys to Mexico, India

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating a former Clinton White House deputy chief of staff as ambassador to Mexico and a former senior State Department official and prominent Indian-American as ambassador to India. Obama has selected Maria Echaveste for the Mexico post and...

  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists....

  • CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu...

  • Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease who are pursuing benefits claims. The bill by the two coal-state senators comes after an investigation by the Center for Public...

  • Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents' use of force. R. Gil...

  • NOAA: Yet more global heat records fall in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe smashed more heat records last month, including Earth's hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said Thursday. May, June and August all set global heat records this year. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average...

  • House veterans divided on Syria measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against...

  • Report: Progress 'modest' on upping embassy safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made only limited progress in its pledge to boost the number of Marine security guards at high-threat diplomatic posts around the world, the agency's internal watchdog said Thursday. In a report, the department's inspector general said efforts to...

  • Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied

    WASHINGTON (AP) — James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, denied Thursday that he lied to Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers. "It has been very...



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