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US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters

Posted 6/4/2015 in National

A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.

 

 

McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.

 

Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act.

 

Police: Man shot dead lunged at police officer, FBI agent

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Police said they have video showing a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators lunging with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed -- an account his brother has disputed.

 

The flip side of years of no hurricanes: Good luck runs out

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

For millions of Americans living in the hurricane zones on the Gulf and East coasts, recent decades have been quiet -- maybe too quiet.

 

Transgender movement looks to benefit from Jenner's change

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

The handsome, muscular Bruce Jenner, whose picture appeared on the Wheaties cereal box the year after he won the Olympic gold medal, is on the cover of Vanity Fair this week, only now as Caitlyn Jenner, an attractive woman in a strapless, white corset.

 

 

Cuba removed from US list of terrorism sponsors

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday.

 

Heat wave eases in India after killing nearly 2K

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday helped eased a weekslong summer heat wave that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.

 

AP source: Former House Speaker Hastert paid to keep old sex abuse claims secret

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said.

 

Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets -- and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice.

 

Latest proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

 

US to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq.

 

Indictment says ex-US House Speaker Hastert paid hush money

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct."

 

Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk's too clean.

 

 

Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average -- but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy.

 

 

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