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Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugees

Posted 11/19/2015 in National

The White House on Wednesday threatened a presidential veto of House Republican legislation aimed at increasing screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States, calling new requirements in the bill "untenable."



Syrian passport in Paris attacks fuels fears of refugees

Posted 11/19/2015 in National

After the bombs and Kalashnikov fire of the Paris attacks, a mere document -- a passport -- found near the body of an attacker is generating a new wave of dread throughout Europe and beyond.


2 dead, 7 arrested in raid targeting Paris attack mastermind

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's gun and bomb rampage was believed to be holed up, police said.


Republicans rush to shut borders to Syrian refugees

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

Republicans urged an immediate closure of America's borders to Syrian refugees Tuesday, drawing angry denunciations from President Barack Obama and other Democrats and igniting an emotional debate about U.S. values in the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks.


Opaque military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

Child sex offenders are the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they're actually locked up for is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press investigation has found.


Louisiana Gov. Jindal ends bid for GOP nomination in 2016

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans sifting through a long list of contenders for the GOP nomination.



Over 1,200 European jihadis have returned in past 2 years

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

More than 1,200 Europeans who joined Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq have returned home in the past two years, an Associated Press count shows.



No threat found on both diverted flights from US to Paris

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

Authorities cleared both Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. that had to be diverted Tuesday night because of anonymous threats received after they had taken off.


US Muslims face backlash after Paris attacks

Posted 11/18/2015 in National

Muslims around the U.S. are facing backlash following the deadly attacks in Paris, including vandalism to mosques and Islamic centers, hate-filled phone and online messages and threats of violence.

Risk is lower, but Paris attacks could hit U.S.

Posted 11/17/2015 in National

When Fran Townsend was counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, she says, her worst nightmare was that the al Qaida network would send men with assault rifles into malls across the American heartland on a crowded shopping day.


Russia: Plane brought down by homemade explosive device

Posted 11/17/2015 in National

A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia's FSB security service said today, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act.



Missouri would likely be alone with 10 percent black faculty

Posted 11/17/2015 in National

If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that's 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers.



Minneapolis mayor seeks federal investigation into shooting

Posted 11/17/2015 in National

The mayor of Minneapolis on Monday asked for a federal civil rights investigation into the weekend shooting of a black man by a police officer during an apparent struggle.



Paris attacks provoke fresh migrant fears in Europe

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

The news that one of the assailants in the Paris attacks may have crossed into Europe with refugees fleeing Syria is raising the fierce debate over Europe's immigration policy to a new pitch.


Prosecutor: Death toll in Paris attacks hits 129; 352 hurt

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

Three teams of extremists carried out the coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured, a French prosecutor said Saturday.


Town forgave many abuses by cop who staged own death

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

He gave teenagers their own keys and 24-hour access to the police department. He forged the police chief's signature to obtain surplus military equipment. He often refused to wear his police uniform on duty in favor of camouflage fatigues. And he spent most of his workday on a police-sponsored youth program that he was supposed to run on his own time.



Military: US 'reasonably certain' Jihadi John is dead

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

The U.S. military is "reasonably certain" its drone strike in Syria killed the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages.



Cruz immigration plan to suspend high-skilled visas

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday vowed to suspend a program that gives work visas to highly skilled immigrants, reversing his position on the program as part of an aggressive immigration plan designed to appeal to the GOP's most conservative wing.



Iowa supporters unfazed by Trump's outburst

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

Iowa supporters' response to Donald Trump's 95-minute eruption? An "ugh" and a shrug.



AP Exclusive: Dems see Rubio and Kasich as 2016 threats

Posted 11/14/2015 in National

Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too.



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