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Obama Does Not Plan Escalation Against Islamic State

2 hours 52 min ago
President Barack Obama signaled the U.S. has no immediate plans to escalate military operations against Islamic State extremists in Iraq or Syria.

Mitt Romney Is Back in Demand

August 28, 2014 - 9:51pm
The former Massachusetts governor, who was widely criticized by Republicans for losing a presidential race in 2012 that many thought to be winnable, is suddenly one of his party's most sought-after campaigners.

Lending for Construction Grows 4% in 2nd Quarter

August 28, 2014 - 9:44pm
Construction lending posted the largest gain of its yearlong recovery in the second quarter, signaling that the real-estate industry's rebound is gaining steam, albeit slowly.

GDP Expanded at 4.2% Rate in Second Quarter

August 28, 2014 - 9:42pm
The U.S. economy's second-quarter rebound was more robust than previously thought, putting the recovery back on track as it ended its fifth year.

Texas Judge Rules State is Underfunding Public Schools

August 28, 2014 - 8:18pm
A state judge ruled Texas is still failing to adequately fund public schools, after legislators last year restored $3.5 billion in spending cuts.

Teen Catherine Bellis Falls in Second Round of U.S. Open

August 28, 2014 - 7:57pm
Catherine Bellis, age 15, who shocked the No. 12 seed in the first round of the U.S. Open earlier this week, was defeated in the second round by Zarina Diyas, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted nearly two hours.

Pilot Killed in Virginia F-15 Crash

August 28, 2014 - 6:54pm
The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.

Police Chief Responds to Union Letter

August 28, 2014 - 6:21pm
William Bratton 'categorically' rebuts an allegation from the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association that the 2016 Democratic National Convention should not be in Brooklyn because the city won't be safe.

States Push for Overdose-Reversal Drug

August 28, 2014 - 5:36pm
Many states faced with a pain-pill and heroin epidemic are pushing to make naloxone, which can reverse overdoses, more widely available to drug users, their peers and loved ones.

California Drought Squeezes Wells

August 28, 2014 - 5:16pm
With groundwater levels falling across the Golden State—causing dried-up wells, sinking roadbeds and crumbling infrastructure—the state legislature is considering regulating underground water for the first time.

Pennsylvania Agrees to Expand Medicaid

August 28, 2014 - 5:07pm
The Obama administration has reached a deal with Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Taps Sarah Saldaña to Run ICE

August 28, 2014 - 3:07pm
President Barack Obama has tapped Sarah Saldaña, a federal prosecutor in Texas, to run the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Fed Leaders Have Diverse Financial Situations

August 28, 2014 - 2:35pm
The leaders of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks reflected widely divergent financial situations last year, according to annual disclosure forms released Thursday.

Obama: Islamic State Still Poses Threat to Iraq, Region

August 28, 2014 - 1:40pm
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. is developing a strategy and military options to counter Sunni extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Obama to Outline Strategies

August 28, 2014 - 12:17pm
U.S. lawmakers are stepping up calls for the Obama administration to outline its strategy for combating the growing threat posed by Sunni extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Gun-Range Killing by Girl Sparks New Debate

August 28, 2014 - 9:49am
The death of a shooting instructor at an Arizona gun range when a 9-year-old girl lost control of a powerful automatic weapon has raised the issue of age limits at such operations.

Missing From College Stadiums: Students

August 28, 2014 - 7:36am
Declining attendance by students at college football games reflects soaring ticket prices, more lopsided matches and the proliferation of televised games.

FBI Probes Hacking Claim at J.P. Morgan

August 28, 2014 - 7:33am
The FBI is probing a possible computer hacking attack on J.P. Morgan & Co., in what people familiar with the probe described as a significant breach of corporate computer security.

Freedom Stone Is Far From Ground Zero

August 28, 2014 - 5:20am
The 20-ton cornerstone installed at the original site of the building known as the Freedom Tower ended up in the yard of a Long Island stone company.

Ex-Gov. McDonnell's Daughter Testifies About Parents' Troubled Marriage

August 28, 2014 - 5:05am
The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified Wednesday in her parents' political-corruption trial that their marriage was "touchy-feely" in public but cold and troubled behind closed doors.