Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war....
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Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said....
Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago....
Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group
KOEGE, Denmark (AP) -- Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq....
Profile of gunman who ambushed troopers released
The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police. He regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp. He made several trips to a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, picking just the right hiding spot from which he could launch an ambush and make his escape....
Man to argue 2 others committed double murder
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia man accused of having killed a baby and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping plot has indicated that he will argue that two other people committed the crimes....
Downed wires suspend DC-Philly Amtrak service
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains....
Baltimore Arena gets new name: Royal Farms Arena
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Arena will get a new name if Baltimore's Board of Estimates approves a $1.25 million deal with Royal Farms....
Black man shot by police wins partial verdict
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh prosecutors are weighing their next move after a black man left paralyzed when he was shot by a white Pittsburgh police officer was acquitted of aggravated assault and jurors hung on the remaining charges....
Rutgers apologizes for offensive signs, shirts
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers is apologizing to Penn State for offensive signs and shirts referencing the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that some Rutgers fans displayed during a weekend football game....
DA: says man justified in fatal Pa. shooting
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won't file charges in a fatal shooting after determining the shooter had a right to defend others against an armed attacker....
Murder charges in 4 Tampa Bay area slayings
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay area authorities on Monday charged a man with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend....
Medical marijuana supporters hold Capitol rally
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Buoyed by the prospect of legislative action on a medical marijuana bill, dozens of supporters called for its passage at a Capitol rally Monday as Pennsylvania lawmakers returned from their summer recess....
Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells....
Voters in Scotland will go to the polls later this week to decide whether or not Scotland should be an independent nation. Queen Elizabeth the Second made her first comments about Scottish independence urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future." But the popular British monarch didn't indicate a preference on how Scots should vote, carefully maintaining the neutrality that is her constitutional obligation.
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