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  • Famed violinist to play again at DC metro station

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joshua Bell wants a do-over in Washington. The Grammy-winning violinist played for spare change in a D.C. Metro station during a 2007 experiment with The Washington Post, and almost no one paid attention. It made for a good magazine story that won the Pulitzer Prize. But Bell...

  • Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective...

  • US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday. On...

  • Official: 200-plus strikes, 2 dozen Syria targets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says America and its Arab allies launched more than 200 airstrikes against roughly a dozen militant targets in Syria during the assault that began Monday night. The military mission was the beginning of a broad international campaign against Islamic State...

  • Next Afghan leader seeks influence in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before becoming president-elect of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States, using his ties to the West to seek influence in Washington. Since May, Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three...

  • Obama admin creates Korean land mine exception

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The White House, Pentagon and State Department...

  • Federal prison population drops by nearly 5,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department. In a speech scheduled Tuesday in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder planned to say...

  • Pentagon: Strikes on Islamic militants to continue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are the beginning of a "credible and sustainable, persistent" campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group. Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells...

  • Obama: US-Arab strikes show unity against militant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone." Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the...

  • Obama says Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone'

  • Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven. Using a mix of manned aircraft — fighter jets...

  • Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry told senators last week that a "right of hot pursuit" could provide a basis for military forces to move across the border between Iraq and Syria to strike at Islamic State militants. But does Kerry's legal theory — which has little grounding in...

  • Fraternities to train members to help stop assault

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight college fraternities say they will work together on a training effort focused on combating sexual misconduct, hazing and binge drinking. The focus is on learning to recognize, diagnose and intervene in potentially harmful situations. An estimated 35,000 undergraduates...

  • Bill Clinton, Blair say West has tough challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair say the West must proceed methodically but firmly against the Islamic State group trying to deepen its footprint in the Mideast. Amid new airstrikes by the United States and some Arab allies against the...

  • DC Council set to vote on concealed handguns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council is expected to decide Tuesday whether to allow residents to carry concealed handguns in the district, with some restrictions. The vote comes two months after a federal judge struck down the District's ban on carrying handguns outside the home. The judge put...



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