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US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State group military strongholds in Syria and Iraq as a simultaneous U.S. strike attacked an al-Qaida cell of hardened veterans with "significant explosives skills" said to be plotting attacks on the U.S. and Western interests, the U.S. military said....

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....

Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry told senators last week that a "right of hot pursuit" could provide a basis for military forces to move across the border between Iraq and Syria to strike at Islamic State militants. But does Kerry's legal theory - which has little grounding in international law - provide firm precedent for Monday night's massive U.S. airstrikes in Syria and for future military actions?...

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....

Fraternities to train members to help stop assault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight college fraternities announced Tuesday an effort to work together on new training aimed at combating sexual misconduct, hazing and binge drinking....

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) -- The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department....

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....

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