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  • Here's Obama's letter to Boehner explaining the White House's authority to launch airstrikes in Syria

    Shortly after President Obama's address on his decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State, the White House released the text of a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner explaining the White House's supposed authority to take action in Syria without congressional consent and approval.

  • 1 Obama trip to play pool, drink beer, raise money cost taxpayers about $700,000

    Taxpayers had to cough up $1,159,823 in just one month to fly President Obama to New York and Denver to raise money for Democrats and attend an LGBT event, according to documents obtained by a taxpayer watchdog group.

  • Airstrikes in Syria: US, Arab allies hit IS sites

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the U.S. simultaneously targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and other Western...

  • Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A cease-fire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month. Col....

  • UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general has welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he says pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security." In opening remarks at a climate summit press conference Tuesday, Ban urged world leaders gathered in New...

  • Cameron: Queen seemed relieved after Scottish vote

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been overheard describing his nervousness about the Scotland referendum and how Queen Elizabeth II appeared relieved when he called to tell her the result. The leader was chatting with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York...

  • DC considers ban on American Indian nicknames

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will consider banning racially based nicknames for public schools in the nation's capital. Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a bill Tuesday that would force seven schools in the District of Columbia to change nicknames referring to American...

  • DC Council expected to allow concealed handguns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A reluctant District of Columbia Council is expected to allow people to carry concealed handguns in the nation's capital for the first time in nearly 40 years. The bill scheduled for a vote Tuesday was crafted to comply with a court ruling that struck down the District's ban...

  • United Continental settles immigration-bias claim

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United Continental Holdings Inc. has settled a claim that Continental Airlines discriminated against employees who were legal permanent U.S. residents but weren't U.S. citizens. The Justice Department said Tuesday that United Continental agreed to pay a $215,000 penalty, set...

  • Ohio prisons, private vendor, developing new menu

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's prisons agency is working with the private vendor hired to feed inmates to develop a new menu for the fall and winter, the state said Tuesday as it also announced a tougher evaluation standard. Inmates and staff were surveyed about current foods they like and...

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday Sept. 21 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"...

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 21 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. WALK THE MOON, "Shut Up And Dance" (RCA...

  • Chesapeake Bay states getting US funding for bay

    ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are delivering nearly $10 million in grant money to the Chesapeake Bay states, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to Virginia and West Virginia. The funding announced Tuesday in Ashland is intended to help the states lower pollution flowing into the...

  • NYC mayor warns UN about climate change

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decried "the reckless way we live" while addressing the United Nations about the threat of climate change. De Blasio addressed the U.N. climate summit on Tuesday morning before its annual General Assembly. De Blasio, a Democrat who took...

  • Mayor: 'It's a very bad situation' in NYC jails

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amid continued scrutiny of problems at Rikers Island and other New York City jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) said bluntly that the situation in the city's correction department is very bad. Speaking to reporters following remarks at the United Nations Tuesday, de...



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