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  • Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the...

  • Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence — and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well. As Thursday's referendum nears, questions are being been raised about Scotland's future relationship with the...

  • Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. Social Security began phasing out mailed statements to most workers in 2011 to save an estimated...

  • US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter. The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that its CEO outlook index fell to 86.4 in the third quarter, down from 95.4 in the...

  • House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report. The report by Republicans on the...

  • John Boehner: ISIS bill first step in defeating the terrorists

    "I just think that if our goal here is to destroy [the Islamic State], we've got to do more than train a few folks in Syria and train a few folks in Iraq and dropping a few bombs," the House speaker told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday.

  • Maher targets six-term Republican

    Comedian Bill Maher announced Friday that he would attempt to unseat Rep. John Kline of Minnesota as part of his "Flip a District" campaign.

  • Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have...

  • Poverty fell in 2013, but incomes haven't recovered from the recession

    The share of Americans officially living in poverty in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012.

  • Dems set to spend record amounts in Florida governor's race

    The Democratic Governors Association gave Charlie Crist $1.5 million Monday, bringing its total investment to about $5.6 million, according to the Miami Herald.

  • Dozens in GOP oppose Obama plan to arm Syrian rebels

    Republican critics, despite their reservations about the measure, acknowledge a coalition of Democrats and Republicans will likely pass the legislation this week.

  • Joint Chiefs chairman won't rule out U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops back into Iraq if the administration's coalition-building strategy fails to curb the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • Sudanese mother sentenced to death for being Christian speaks out on faith, persecution

    A Sudanese mother of two, once sentenced to hang for supposedly leaving Islam, has spoken out on why her Christian faith is so important to her.

  • Obama calls for 'common-sense' gun restrictions

    President Obama on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard made a fresh call for additional gun reforms, saying such violence "shatters too many American families every day."

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote, draws a line under the issue that last year...



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