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Joint Chiefs chair: 'No safe haven' for militants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests....

Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes
NEW YORK (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced....

Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible - with a circle drawn around the White House....

Obama offers climate change help to other nations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change....

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability - but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features....

Afghan president-elect seeks favor in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Months before becoming president-elect of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States, using his ties to the West to seek influence in Washington....

Federal prison population drops by nearly 5,000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal prison population has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, the first decline in decades....

Bill Clinton, Blair say West has tough challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair say the West must proceed methodically but firmly against the Islamic State group trying to deepen its footprint in the Mideast....

Limits on overseas mergers prompt renewed debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's decision to curb the ability of U.S. corporations to skirt taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an immediate election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code....

SPIN METER: Those changing health law numbers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it health care law numerology....

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