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New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

 

 

Foley's parents had hoped to negotiate

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.

 

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

 

U.S. won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S. would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

 

As evangelist opens U.S. crusade, zeal and questions

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

By the time the Rev. Reinhard Bonnke edges toward the stage, anticipation in the thundering arena is swelling. A crowd of thousands has been told of his decades of preaching in Africa, the tens of millions of souls he has saved, the countless healings for which he has been a conduit and the modern-day Lazarus he saw risen.

 

American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

 

Calif. drought saps honey production

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

 

Slaying of American journalist reopens debate on ransoms

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

 

 

Perry presses for greater U.S. involvement in Iraq

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.

 

 

Pentagon: Militants will regroup

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

 

 

Supreme Court case to shape investigation

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.

 

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

 

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

 

U.S. special ops troops tried but failed to find hostages

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's marijuana arrest

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

 

Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged today from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

 

 

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