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Obama cautions against using force to solve crises
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict....

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives....

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday....

Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer....

US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability....

A look at US, European sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia....

High school buddies followed similar path to jihad
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes....

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community....

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Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

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