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Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria....

Democrats reframe debate on health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch....

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday....

Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach....

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The moment Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, a 25-year-old Supreme Court case became the prism through which his actions will be legally judged....

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam....

With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire as he defiantly dismisses a recent indictment and tries to convince voters that he's an improved version of the 2012 candidate who stumbled badly....

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