WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State group militants is halfway home, after approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say it’s expected to pass handily.
WASHINGTON — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.
WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.
The fast-growing King fire in Eldorado National Forest now threatens nearly 2,500 structures, more than half of them homes, as thousands of firefighters try to get a handle on the out-of-control blaze.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings today as schools closed and the public remained on edge.
Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states — Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire — far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, The Associated Press has found.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.
DECATUR, Ga. — A gunman who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges today and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy today, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild.
MINNEAPOLIS — When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city’s large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Hamas now admits “mistakes” were made.
WASHINGTON — By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants’ momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the greater Mideast. Those are key steps toward Obama’s stated goal of eventually destroying the extremist group.
NEW YORK — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused today to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.