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General sees ground forces as U.S. option

Dempsey: Would suggest it if airstrikes on militants fail

Subscriber onlyGen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, offering a more expansive view of the U.S. role in the fight than President Barack Obama. Continue reading...

Kansas justices review ballot-exit request

Subscriber onlySeveral Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate. Continue reading...

54% of U.S. adults in study big-bellied

Apple-shape obesity called high-risk

Subscriber onlyThe number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. Continue reading...

Wildfire devastates lumber town

Subscriber onlyDespite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard. Continue reading...

Social Security is back on mail track

Subscriber onlyThe Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. Continue reading...

Kabul car bombing kills 3 NATO troops

Subscriber onlyA Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Continue reading...

Poverty rate falls; 1st time since ’06

Subscriber onlyThe poverty rate declined slightly last year for the first time since 2006, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, but there was no statistically significant change in the number of poor people or in the income level of the typical American household. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlySurvivalist named as trooper's killer BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyGeorge Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year's Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday that the 53-year-old entertainer and activist will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the ceremony on Jan. 11. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made "an incredible impact on the world of entertainment." Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyPope Francis, who last weekend married 20 couples to highlight the role of families, plans to celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 28 in honor of grandparents. Continue reading...

General: If campaign fails, ground troops possible in Iraq

The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama’s expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails. Continue reading...

Detroit settles with key creditor

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- A major opponent of Detroit's blueprint for shedding debts and remaking city services announced Monday that it had reached a settlement with the city and will now support Detroit's emergence from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy. Continue reading...

Lawyers for Boston suspect deny posing as agents in Russia

Subscriber onlyBoston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers denied as "preposterous" U.S. claims that they impersonated FBI agents while in Russia for interviews. Continue reading...

50 years later, 2 soldiers decorated

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Vietnam War ‘patriots’

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Two Vietnam War soldiers -- one still living, one killed in action -- received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. Continue reading...

For some insured, U.S. funds at risk

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, officials in President Barack Obama's administration said Monday. Continue reading...

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