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U.S. cools talk of combat role in Iraq

The United States has already spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forcesThe White House and U.S. military scrambled to play down a suggestion that deploying ground forces in Iraq was an option.


IS forums encourage NYC, Vegas attacks

Federal Judge Rules NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violates RightsBomb-making tutorial, potential targets for "lone wolves in America" shared online: report.


Rand Paul's thinking-out-loud problem

Rand Paul Reinvents Himself for the 2016 CampaignRand Paul is quickly learning that his words have consequences.


Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelined

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, TexasBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player. Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League. ...


Hurricane Edouard weakening, moving away from U.S. coast: NHC

Three images of Edouard are shown as it transitions into a hurricane, from September 12, to September 13 and as a hurricane on September 14 in the Atlantic Ocean(Reuters) - Hurricane Edouard, the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is weakening and accelerating north-eastward, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Edouard was about 495 miles (795 km) east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained wind of 90 mph (150 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Anand Basu)


Cold case solved: Killer confesses 15 years after slaying

Police mug shot of Matthew Gibson, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after driving from North Carolina to Arizona to turn himself in to face charges that a prosecutor said wouldn't have come without the 55-year-old's surrender.A man drove across the country to confess to killing an Ariz. woman with a flashlight in 1997.


DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace

Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. messenger of peace.


67 South Africans killed in church collapse

A rescue worker uses a hose during the search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014.The collapse of a controversial Nigerian megachurch has killed scores of worshippers.


Hunt on for survivalist charged in police ambush shooting

This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police)Suspect killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside Penn. barracks: police.


New U.S. airstrikes in Iraq target Islamic State

PLAN TO STOP U.S. MILITANTSThe Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.


9 dead, 30 injured in new Benghazi clashes

Nine Killed, 30 Wounded In New Clashes In Libya's Benghazi: MedicHeavy clashes have erupted between a former Libyan general's forces, Islamist fighters.


Boeing, SpaceX win space taxi contracts

In this undated image provided by NASA, astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. The contenders include SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp., and Boeing. (AP Photo/NASA)NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.


Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending

FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, a woman walks past the Everest Institute in Silver Spring, Md. Corinthian Colleges, which owns Everest, Heald College and WyoTech schools, is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a “predatory lending scheme,” the agency said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme."


Nike stores pull Adrian Peterson merchandise

The Minnesota Vikings might be fine with Adrian Peterson playing football, but not everyone is fine with the Minnesota Vikings — or the NFL — right now.


Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

Maria Ramirez, left, puts the shoes on her one-year-old niece Maritza next to the remains of their home that was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hundreds for impoverished houses were destroyed in the Unidad Real squatter's settlement and other equally poor neighborhoods. Hurricane Odile continued to lash the peninsula as it marched northward with strong winds and heavy rains. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)The Mexican government has prepared to begin airlifting tens of thousands of stranded tourists.


Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane

People carry a remnant of a war plane that crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa in northeast SyriaThe strike reportedly marks the first time IS has downed a military jet since June.


Stewart fatal accident going to a grand jury

A fatal dirt-track accident last month involved three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.


N.Y.: Wal-Mart levied fictional 'sugar tax' on soda

Walmart introduces new dress code, employees must buy own clothesNew York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. The attorney general's office ...


Colo. shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

Lonnie Phillips, right, and his wife Sanday, who's daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, speak at a rally against gun violence in front of Republican Congressman Mike Coffman's office, in Aurora, Colo., Wednesday April 23, 2014. The Phillips and other parents of Aurora theater shooting victims urged Coffman to support universal background checks in Congress. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Four online retailers allegedly sold ammo, tear gas and equipment used in the 2012 Colo. theater shootings.


Ariz. GOP party chairman resigns after birth control comments

Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after the court's hearing on Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce has resigned as vice chairman of the state's Republican Party over controversial comments he made about birth control.


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