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  • US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    2 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime ...

  • Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    3 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are warning that the United States and Western Europe are likely to be future targets of Islamic State militants. They say President Barack Obama needs to take action. Without offering specifics on threats or suggestions on ...

  • US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    18 hours, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime ...

  • Senator: Obama may be too cautious with militants

    22 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants. The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Defense ...

  • US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under siege

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli, where thousands of Shiite Turkomen have been cut off from food and water for nearly two months ...

  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    1 day, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support of operations ...

  • Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    2 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of ...

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    2 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On ...

  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    2 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited ...

  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    2 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 ...

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    2 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic ...

  • Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    2 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's potential delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact of Obama's announcement ...

  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    2 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of ...

  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    2 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On ...

  • White House: No change to US terror warnings

    2 days, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level. That's after British authorities raised their terror threat level. Now it is at severe, the country's second highest level. The decision is ...

  • US sanctions people aiding Iran

    2 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is targeting more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, supporting terrorism and helping Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. The Treasury Department's action on Friday is ...

  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    3 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) 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. While that stance is in keeping with Obama's long-standing ...

  • Obama taps veteran diplomat to be Afghan envoy

    3 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. The White House says Michael McKinley is Obama's pick to replace Ambassador James Cunningham, who has served ...

  • Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

    3 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine. Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, ...

  • Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says US will not take military action

    3 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says US will not take military action.

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