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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials....

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S....

Christie: 3 questions drive decision on campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn't decided yet whether he'll run for president....

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages....

Details of presidential security breaches evolve
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service....

What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now....

Obama, Netanyahu to meet as Iran deadline looms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship....

Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine....

Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length....

Group aims to put food policy on the kitchen table
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don't normally think about food policy when they vote....

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