WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to address concerns in Congress about President Barack Obama's request for a go-ahead to use military force against the Islamic State group. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and counsel Neil Eggleston have been meeting with Senate Democrats today, as Obama prepares to formally unveil the proposal. A spokesman says the proposal should be finished this week. It sets up the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kayla Jean Mueller (MYOO'-lur) is the fourth American to die while bein held by Islamic State militants. Her family and the Obama administration announced today that her death has been confirmed. U.S. intelligence hasn't been able to determine when or how it happened. Three other Americans -- two journalists and an aid worker -- were beheaded by the group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's longtime advisers says Obama misled the public for years by claiming he opposed same sex marriage when he actually supported it. Former Obama strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book that Obama modified his public position to say he supported civil unions but not gay marriage. Axelrod says that's because his political advisers told him supporting gay marriages could hurt him politically. Obama announced he supported gay marriage in during the run-up to his re-election.
BOSTON (AP) — About 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard are being activated to help deal with the aftermath of record-setting snowfall over the past two weeks. About half of them will use heavy equipment to help remove and dispose of snow, while the other half will help shovel out fire hydrants and other tasks. Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday declared a state of emergency after the latest storm dropped more than two feet of snow on some areas of the state.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The jackpot for tomorrow night's Powerball drawing is already the fifth largest prize in U.S. history -- $485 million. It's been more than two months since someone captured the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point.