Islamic militants recruit, exploit children

Islamic militants recruit, exploit children

Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve […]

Calls for calm as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

Calls for calm as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision. Earlier Friday, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch told […]

Employers keep close tabs on insurance costs

Employers keep close tabs on insurance costs

Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a key […]

NSA warned of backlash from spying on Americans

NSA warned of backlash from spying on Americans

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. […]

Judge throws out Montana gay marriage ban

Judge throws out Montana gay marriage ban

Gay couples were expected to line up for marriage licenses Thursday morning at county courthouses across Montana after a federal judge tossed out the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At least two counties — Missoula and Park — started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday afternoon, while court clerks elsewhere in the state geared […]

Ebola epidemic’s orphans, adoption problems

Ebola epidemic’s orphans, adoption problems

The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons. Tessa and Joel Sanborn understand. The arrival of their 5-year-old adopted son Devine, who is in an orphanage in Liberia, is on hold, indefinitely, as the state of emergency continues there. “We love Liberia, and we want what’s […]

Gun sales on the rise in St. Louis

Gun sales on the rise in St. Louis

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than […]

Government shutdown? Who, us?

Government shutdown? Who, us?

  Top Republicans say two things are clear: Last year’s government shutdown hurt the party. And Republicans must not let the president’s pending immigration action bait them into a repeat. But some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers from safe districts don’t see it that way. They say another shutdown must be an option if President Barack Obama […]

Navy secretary travels, a lot, at taxpayer expense

Navy secretary travels, a lot, at taxpayer expense

The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million. Ray Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, has taken at least 40 trips outside the U.S as of July 2014, meeting officials and […]

Feds approve fracking in a national forest

Feds approve fracking in a national forest

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast. The U.S. Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1 million-acre George Washington National […]

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