Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Republican Party's presidential class called for aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue as more than a dozen White House hopefuls faced off in New Hampshire on Monday night for a pointed preview of the first full-fledged debate of the 2016 primary season. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in what was essentially a debate lite, which - unlike Thursday's nationally televised debate in Cleveland - didn't have a cut-off for participation.
Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections. The derailed legislation was the Republican response to videos, recorded secretly by anti-abortion activists, showing Planned Parenthood officials dispassionately discussing how they sometimes provide medical researchers with tissue from aborted fetuses. Those videos have led conservatives to accuse the group of illegally selling the organs for profit - strongly denied by Planned Parenthood - and inserted abortion and women's health into the mix of issues to be argued in the 2016 campaign.
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Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity. Touting the plan at a White House ceremony, Obama described his unprecedented carbon dioxide limits as the biggest step ever taken by the U.S. on climate change. On that point, at least, his opponents agreed. They denounced his proposal as egregious federal overreach that would send power prices surging, and vowed lawsuits and legislation to try to stop it.
Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student's mental illness means he should not die. The decision clears the way for one last attempt from both sides to sway the jury, with gripping testimony from victims about their suffering and more appeals for mercy for the man convicted of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more during the 2012 assault at a Batman movie.
House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the GOP would come up with 218 votes to support a resolution of disapproval, which has been introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.
DA: Authorities eyeing revenge motive in courthouse shooting CANTON, Miss. (AP) - William A. Wells was a former firefighter who had never been in any more serious legal trouble than some traffic tickets- until his mother was shot. Kendrick Armond Brown was facing up to life in prison for felony drug charges under Mississippi's three-strikes habitual offender law.
Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn't burned in years. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were urged to flee.
Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a full recovery after having an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, according to a spokeswoman. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo called the procedure "elective" in a statement released Monday afternoon. She says the operation was completed without any issues and Carter's "prognosis is excellent for a full recovery."