U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria
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U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that over time, these special operators will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence … Continue reading

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation’s net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet. A Kansas banker says today’s grain prices will bring in enough to pay for basic operating costs, but it’s not … Continue reading

House and Senate have reached agreement
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House and Senate have reached agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems — a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his entire administration to achieve. The bill would also put … Continue reading

U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims
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U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is making it clearer that his call for the U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims. His campaign says Bush supports accepting women and children regardless of their religion and does not exclude Syrian Muslims broadly, as long … Continue reading

Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union
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Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union

DALLAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton won the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union on Tuesday, giving her the support of a labor powerhouse that backed President Barack Obama in 2008. The nation’s largest health care union represents about 2 million nurses, health care workers and other caregivers and is among the most ethnically … Continue reading

United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China
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United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China and lawmakers should look at whether U.S.-based companies be allowed to ‘hack back’ to recover or wipe stolen data, a congressional advisory body said Tuesday. That’s the primary recommendation of this year’s report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review … Continue reading

AP’s general news coverage in Virginia
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AP’s general news coverage in Virginia

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Virginia. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Richmond bureau at 804-643-6646 or aprichmond@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union
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Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign. The union’s decision gives Sanders more organizational strength and a boost heading into the second Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday. It comes as the … Continue reading

Ben Carson calls for harsh criminal penalties for health care fraud
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Ben Carson calls for harsh criminal penalties for health care fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson has called for harsh criminal penalties for health care fraud, but the Republican presidential candidate and his wife also have kept millions invested with a close friend who admitted defrauding insurance companies, according to an Associated Press review. Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of … Continue reading

Here comes the smart ring
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Here comes the smart ring

HELSINKI (AP) — After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. “Wellness” computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life. Some products, like the ring by … Continue reading