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  • Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants

    BAGHDAD (AP) — In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy...

  • New jihad appeal makes policing even harder

    PARIS (AP) — The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization. The appeal made public Monday makes intelligence tracking of potential suspects virtually...

  • Turkey is considering a military role against IS

    NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is considering expanding support of NATO operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement. His comments Tuesday to Turkish reporters in New York mark a potential shift in Turkey's position on international...

  • Main developments in fight against extremist group

    Here is a look at the main developments Tuesday in the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against militants from the Islamic State group. — Warplanes from the U.S. and Arab allies strike Islamic State group positions in Syria for the first time, hitting training camps and other facilities. Saudi...

  • Details of the mission against militants in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets and an al-Qaida group in Syria. Some facts about the military action: ___ THE ASSAULT Who: U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates launched strikes, Qatar...

  • More insurers to offer health law plans next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington,...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Soft data, Syria strikes hit US, European markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weak economic news and airstrikes against militants in Syria sent global stock markets lower. The biggest declines came in Europe, where France's benchmark index fell sharply. The selling was more modest in Asia and the U.S., where the economy remains healthier. The Dow Jones...

  • Judge will make Detroit water decision Monday

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy says he'll make a decision next Monday on a request to stop water shutoffs until spring. Judge Steven Rhodes heard testimony from city officials Tuesday, a day after poor residents told him about the hardship of losing water because of...

  • Regulators probe NV Energy smart meter fires

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — State regulators have demanded NV Energy turn over data on smart meter failures as they launch a preliminary investigation into whether the 1.1 million meters they've installed on homes across Nevada pose any fire danger. The Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/mpxn52d )...

  • Richmond developer gets 20 years in fraud case

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Richmond developer who fraudulently obtained historic tax credits and then plotted to flee the country has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge John Gibney sentenced Billy Gene Jefferson on Tuesday. According to court papers, Jefferson was...

  • A look at Democratic treasurer candidate Frerichs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs is making a bid for state treasurer, facing former House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego. Here's background on Frerichs and his stance on the issues: BIOGRAPHY Name: Michael W. Frerichs Age: 41 Background: Former Champaign...

  • A look at GOP candidate for treasurer Tom Cross

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former House Republican Leader Tom Cross is an Oswego Republican making a bid for state treasurer, facing Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign. Here's some background on Cross and his stance on the issues: BIOGRAPHY Name: Tom Cross Age: 56 Background:...

  • 4 new insurers to offer health plans in Florida

    MIAMI (AP) — Nearly half of the 984,000 Floridians who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act were from South Florida. An Enroll America analysis of the federal government's data shows 257,088 signed up in Miami-Dade County, 152,632 in Broward and 75,648 in Palm Beach....

  • Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters. Josef Wesolowski had already...



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