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  • Navy SEALs raid Somali town, looking for mall attack suspect

    6 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a pre-dawn raid Saturday on a coastal town in southern Somalia looking for a specific al-Qaida suspect linked to the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target, a U.S. ...

  • Court: Is anonymous tip enough for traffic stop?

    6 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will weigh whether a motorist's anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving. The issue has divided state and ...

  • Cruz pledges salary to charity if gov't shuts down

    6 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) Sen. Ted Cruz is pledging to donate his salary to charity during any federal government shutdown.Cruz announced his pledge in a statement Monday evening. On Friday, Cruz had told an Austin conference that he had not planned to forego his ...

  • GOP demands lawmakers pay more for health care

    6 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — About 18,000 people — including members of Congress, all their aides, presidential appointees and even the president and vice president — would lose the employer-provided health insurance under the latest Republican condition for averting a government shutdown. The ...

  • Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts

    6 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) UNITED NATIONS — Syria's foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members. Walid al-Moallem, addressing ...

  • Shutdown threat puts heat on House GOP

    6 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under Tea Party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part ...

  • As launch date nears, premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

    7 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like ...

  • At UN, Obama welcomes signs of Iranian moderation

    7 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government's pursuit of a "more moderate course," saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. He ...

  • Navy Yard shooter got honorable discharge

    7 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) U.S. officials say the former Navy reservist who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had a string of misconduct problems during his nearly three years in the military, but he received an honorable discharge.The officials say that ...

  • Man arrested after throwing firecrackers at White House

    7 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Secret Service has arrested a man for tossing firecrackers over a fence at the White House. A federal law enforcement official says the shoeless man was immediately arrested Monday. An Associated Press photographer heard what sounded like ...

  • Putin says American exceptionalism is 'dangerous'

    7 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin is no fan of the idea of American exceptionalism. He suggests that God isn't either. "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote in an ...

  • Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

    7 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago. While Obama made no direct mention of ...

  • Harry Reid on Syria: 'Clear violation of human decency'

    7 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the Syrian government for using deadly chemical weapons in what he calls a "clear violation of human decency."In remarks in the Senate on Monday, the Democratic leader said failure of the United States ...

  • Report: NSA has cracked most online encryption

    7 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports ...

  • Federal worker: Leak about Obama's aunt not political

    7 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A Homeland Security Department employee has acknowledged that he disclosed to the Associated Press days before the 2008 election that President Barack Obama's aunt was living in the U.S. illegally and said he did not reveal the information ...

  • Senate resolution sets 90-day deadline, bars U.S. ground forces in Syria

    7 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign ...

  • Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

    7 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without broad international support or in direct defense of Americans. Not since 1983, when President Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of ...

  • Kerry outlines evidence of chemical attack by Syria

    7 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar Assad used poison gas against its citizens, as the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report on the use of chemical ...

  • Syrians bracing for possible U.S. strike

    7 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Text of President Obama’s remarks on Syria","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/30/us-syria-crisis-obama-text/"},{"text":"Text of Kerry statement on Syria","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/30/us-syria-crisis-kerry-text/"}] WASHINGTON — Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's ...

  • NKorea withdraws invite for US envoy

    7 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the State Department said Friday. Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, was ...

  • Congress seeks answers from Obama on Syria

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) Wary of another war, congressional Republicans and Democrats pressed President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in the deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. "What is the intended effect of ...

  • Obama offers new gun control steps

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks ...

  • When to strike: Syria timing is complex for Obama

    7 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) Preparations for a highly anticipated strike on Syria could lead to an awkward decision on timing. Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was ...

  • MLK's dream inspires a new march, and a president

    7 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the "glorious patriots" who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which ...

  • U.S. military signals its readiness to strike Syria if ordered

    8 months ago

    (AP) U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday as the United States prepared to declare formally that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian ...

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