Obama weighs combat options against militants

A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, a senior administration official said.

Russia firing artillery within Ukraine, NATO reports

The conflict is escalating after Russia sent an aid convoy over the border without permission from Ukraine.

Masked gunmen with three of the victims who were shot dead. (Reuters)

18 alleged collaborators killed in Gaza

The Palestinians were sentenced to death by a “revolutionary resistance court” for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Hours later, a mortar barrage killed a 4-year-old Israeli child.

    McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

    McDonnell testifies he ‘misjudged’ businessman as ‘a true friend’

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    Lawmakers, activists fight for civilian board to oversee police in St. Louis

    Lawmakers, activists fight for civilian board to oversee police in St. Louis

    Some say lack of an independent group to handle citizen complaints helped fuel protesters’ anger.

    Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of Navy plane, prompting U.S. protest

    Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of Navy plane, prompting U.S. protest

    The pilot made several close passes, at one point performing a “barrel roll” over the P-8 Poseidon.

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    Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare <br> scam that just keeps on rolling

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    Romney and Ryan stage brief revival,  say Hillary Clinton is ‘beatable’ in 2016

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    After his temper got him evicted from city hall, Md. mayor pitches a tent

    Seat Pleasant’s Eugene Grant took his ouster as a challenge and plans to conduct business from the tent.

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    Redskins-Ravens: Five story lines to follow

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    ‘She Kills Monsters’: Nirvana for nerds

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    An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

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