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  • US general: No decision to shield US-trained rebels in Syria
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 10:01 am
    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says he'd like his forces to protect the Syrian rebels the U.S. is training to fight the Islamic State group.
  • DHS chief says he has confidence in Secret Service director
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 9:13 am
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday he has faith in Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, but said Clancy has work to do to "straighten out" the beleaguered agency.
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to better aid Kurds fighting IS
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 7:32 am
    Top lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are introducing legislation to permit U.S. arms to be sent directly to the Kurds fighting against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
  • Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House Sept. 23
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 7:19 am
    The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall.
  • Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 6:24 am
    Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.
  • US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 9:08 pm
    At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.
  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 8:32 pm
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.
  • Saudis begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 7:40 pm
    Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.
  • StoryCorps to launch global expansion with $1M TED Prize
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 7:37 pm
    After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global.
  • Obama authorizes some support for Saudi airstrikes in Yemen
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 7:16 pm
    President Obama has authorized U.S. logistical and intelligence support for Saudi Arabia as it launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen.
  • Kerry lands in Switzerland for make-or-break Iran nuke talks
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 6:12 pm
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Switzerland to resume Iran nuclear talks as negotiations go down to the wire against an end-of-month deadline for the outline of a deal.
  • Report calls for improvements at FBI to combat terror
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 6:12 pm
    The FBI must work speed up its efforts to confront increasingly sophisticated terrorists and improve its ability to gather intelligence on global threats to the nation's security, according to an outside review released Wednesday.
  • Publicly funded Vermont candidate sued over email worth $255
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 6:04 pm
    The Vermont attorney general's office has sued a publicly financed lieutenant governor candidate accused of campaign finance violations stemming from a mass email worth at least $255.
  • NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 5:13 pm
    NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it -- a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.
  • GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits
    Associated Press | March 25, 2015 5:08 pm
    Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.