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Airstrikes in Syria: US, Arab allies hit IS sites
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the U.S. simultaneously targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and other Western interests, the Pentagon said Tuesday....

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....

Details of the mission against militants in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets and an al-Qaida group in Syria. Some facts about the military action:...

US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday....

Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks as legal grounding for its overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate inside Syria....

Hillary Clinton highlights gender as 2016 looms
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign emphasized her experience, competence and preparation to become president. Her 2016 pitch could be simpler: She'd be the first female president....

At Clinton confab, Obama praises role of citizens
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama says ordinary citizens will often have a more lasting impact on their community than their presidents and prime ministers....

Louisiana: Where politics and kegs mix quite well
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Photos of a vulnerable Democratic senator helping a constituent drink upside-down from a beer keg would be a faux pas six weeks before Election Day in many places....

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....

More insurers to offer health law plans next year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law....

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