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Al-Qaida call to unite Islamic fronts

Two al Qaeda branches urged warring militant factions in Iraq and Syria to stop fighting each other and unite against a U.S.-led alliance.


Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). ...


Democrats take aim at 'asked and answered' Benghazi questions

On the eve of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first open hearing, the panel’s Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a website dismissing some recurring Republican questions about the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack as “asked and answered.”


NATO: Bomb kills 3 foreign troops near US Embassy in Kabul

By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least three foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...


Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Last month police shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to a wave of violent protests in the community. ...

Excessive police force allegations in Mo. as teen seriously injured

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday. The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb. ...


California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

U.S. Congress may yet reach a deal to curb inversions, lawmaker says

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress may yet pass legislation this year to curb foreign buyout deals that allow corporations to cut their U.S. income taxes, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Monday. Many large corporations have moved to trim their taxes in recent months by reincorporating overseas through the acquisition of a rival in a maneuver dubbed "inversion. ...

U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration. The U.S. ...


Prominent Washington lobbyist Thomas Boggs Jr. dies at 73

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who was a pioneer in melding the practice of law and lobbying and led the prominent Washington lobbying shop Patton Boggs for many years, died on Monday at age 73, his family said. He sat at the center of Washington's business, legal and political circles for decades representing U.S. Boggs was the son of former Louisiana congressman Thomas Hale Boggs, who served as U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, and former Representative Lindy Boggs, who was elected to her husband's House seat after he died in a 1972 plane crash.

Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Star running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, insisting he is not a child abuser and wanting "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child" after he was charged with a felony in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.


Pennsylvania governor vows to bring gunman who ambushed troopers to justice

By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on Monday called the deadly ambush on a state police barracks "an assault on society" and vowed to bring to justice the gunman who killed one trooper and critically wounded another. Yellow crime scene tape closed off the Blooming Grove law enforcement barracks about 100 miles (161 km) north of Philadelphia, where late on Friday the shooter killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. Douglass was recovering after surgery and was speaking on Monday with investigators, police said. ...


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