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President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.
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UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

John Heilprin, Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  posted 40 minutes ago
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.
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Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:00pm
With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.
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California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  posted 10 minutes ago
State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.
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FEMA denies Hawaii's post-storm disaster request

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  posted 10 minutes ago
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.
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APNewsBreak: Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Mike Householder, Associated Press  |  posted 20 minutes ago
Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks that have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse have been sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.
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CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive

The Associated Press  |  posted 20 minutes ago
CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive. (Corrects APNewsAlert with correct spelling of Buffett)
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Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press  |  posted 20 minutes ago
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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Utah gay couples ask for Supreme Court review

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  posted 30 minutes ago
Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable gay-marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month.
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Obama taps veteran diplomat to be Afghan envoy

The Associated Press  |  posted 30 minutes ago
President Barack Obama is tapping a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
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Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

Jacques Billeaud, Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  posted 39 minutes ago
A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.
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Indiana gets 1-year waiver of federal schools law

Tom Lobianco, Associated Press  |  posted 40 minutes ago
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday granted a one-year extension of Indiana's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law, ensuring the state keeps control of more than $200 million in federal funds, after it resolved concerns over how it monitored low-performing schools and evaluated teachers and principals.
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Environmental groups seek wolf rules

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  posted 40 minutes ago
Environmental groups on Thursday asked Gov. Jay Inslee to push for the creation of strict rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.
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AP NewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  posted 40 minutes ago
California Legislature passes bill changing consent mandate for college rape investigations.
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US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

Justin Juozapavicius, Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  posted 49 minutes ago
President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.
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MSU Northern chancellor resigns amid criticism

The Associated Press  |  posted 50 minutes ago
The chancellor of Montana State University-Northern announced his resignation on Thursday, saying he has become a distraction and an impediment to campus goals.
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Wife of Maryland U.S. Rep. Andy Harris dies

The Associated Press  |  posted 50 minutes ago
The wife of a Maryland congressman has died unexpectedly.
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Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting

Ed White, Associated Press  |  posted 50 minutes ago
Prosecutors are recommending at least 17 years in prison for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch, while his lawyer is urging a judge to go as low as six years.
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Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

The Associated Press  |  posted 50 minutes ago
An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.
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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:11pm
An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.
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7 students disciplined for Juneau hazing

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:11pm
Seven high school seniors in Juneau will be disciplined for hazing incoming freshman last May.
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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:00pm
An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.
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Tillis to highlight NC teacher raises in TV ad

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 4:51pm
House Speaker Thom Tillis will highlight teacher pay raises approved by the North Carolina legislature this year in a television ad to first air on the eve of his first U.S. Senate debate with Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
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