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  • Analysis: Obama takes big risk in wider airstrikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a president criticized as overly cautious and reluctant to lead, Barack Obama is taking a huge risk. He is thrusting U.S. fighting forces into a growing military operation with clear dangers, unknown costs, an indefinite length and unpredictable consequences. After years...

  • FACT CHECK: Obama's military plan not so simple

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions designed to neutralize the foe. What is clear, though, is...

  • Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama expects his expanded military mission against the Islamic State militants to achieve at least three short-term objectives: reverse the extremist group's momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the...

  • From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor — starting with how to stay safe. "You don't have to be...

  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their...

  • FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions designed to neutralize the foe. What is clear, though, is...

  • Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense lawyers say an Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife. The lawyers said late Wednesday that the regional high court in Vienna granted an appeal of an earlier order...

  • Scientists: Strong solar storm heading to Earth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong solar flare is blasting its way to Earth, but the worst of its power looks like it will barely skim above the planet and not cause many problems. It has been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the...

  • Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Goodell has insisted the league didn't see the violent images until this week. After...

  • Obama says military campaign will take time

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria. The president spoke to the nation from the White House Wednesday night....



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