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WASHINGTON (AP) — The barrage of U.S. cruise missiles last month aimed at a Syrian terrorist cell killed just one or two key militants, according to American intelligence officials who say the group of veteran al-Qaida fighters is still believed to be plotting attacks against U.S. and European targets.

 

The strikes on a compound near Aleppo did not deal a crippling blow to the Khorasan Group, officials said, partly because many important members had scattered amid news reports highlighting their activities. Among those who survived is a French-born jihadi who fought in Afghanistan with a military prowess that is of great concern to U.S. intelligence officials now.

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It emerged Wednesday that Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse who caught Ebola after helping treat a patient, made multiple attempts to report her fever

 

A Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in Madrid this week told health authorities at least three times she had a fever before she was finally placed in quarantine, it emerged Wednesday, despite having helped treat a patient who later died of the virus.

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The signs were all there, glaring, waiting to be seen. The predisposition to violence, time spent in prison, emotionally unstable Web postings.

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NEW YORK – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak with US President Barack Obama about the possibility of involving Arab states in attempts to rekindle the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the prime minister told a group of American Jewish leaders late Tuesday morning.

 

In an address to some 300 attendees, Netanyahu doubled down on the main messages delivered in his speech a day earlier before the United Nations General Assembly, including the dangers of Iran and the Islamic State.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.

 

The leaders planned an Oval Office meeting Tuesday as the centerpiece of Modi's two-day visit to the White House and described their agenda in an op-ed that appeared on The Washington Post website. They said they will explore ways to expand collaboration on trade, investment and technology "that harmonize with India's ambitious development agenda, while sustaining the United States as the global engine of growth."

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U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government. Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas. Read the ACLU’s full report on domestic drones here.

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Release No: NR-499-14

September 30, 2014

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement

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The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.

 

SB270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him during the final weeks of the legislative session.

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The mother of the man suspected of beheading a coworker and slashing another Thursday at an Oklahoma food processing plant has issued a video apologizing to the victims’ families and claiming there are two sides to every story.

“My heart is just so heavy right now. I know my son. My son was raised up in a loving home,” Joyce Nolen, mother of Alton Nolen, says in the video. “My son was raised up believing in God … my son was a good kid.”

Mr. Nolen, a Muslim convert who reportedly tried to convert other coworkers before being fired from Vaughan Foods, decapitated Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed another employee at the company’s offices Thursday, The Blaze reported.

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BATH, MAINE — The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

 

The futuristic shape of the Zumwalt, DDG 1000, has become familiar after more than a decade of graphics presentations and artist drawings, and models of the destroyer have been a staple at naval expositions for years. But now the whole ship is coming together, all construction blocks assembled and set afloat. People walk her decks and she rises and falls with the tide as all that planning turns into a real thing. She’ll take to the sea for the first time in the spring.

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A city known for its deep dish pizza and windy weather wants another claim to fame: a community without a single homeless vet.

 

On Sept. 16, Chicago became the latest major U.S. city to announce plans to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel committed $800,000 of city money to a predominantly federally backed $5 million-a-year plan, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year.

 

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A contract employee apparently started the fire at a Federal Aviation Administration facility outside Chicago that has grounded hundreds of flights, according to the Aurora, Illinois, chief of police.

 

"It appears to be a fire set by a contract employee," chief Greg Thomas told reporters this morning. "There was no terrorist act."

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NEW YORK –  Iraq's prime minister said Thursday his country's intelligence operation has uncovered a plot for an attack on subway systems in the United States and Paris.

 

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was told of the plot by Baghdad, and that it was the work of foreign fighters of the Islamic State group in Iraq. There was no immediate comment from Washington or Paris, and al-Abadi's assertion could not be independently confirmed.

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(CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a growing threat to regional and global security," telling a high-level meeting on the deadly epidemic at the U.N. General Assembly that only a global response could prevent "a humanitarian catastrophe across the region."

"If ever there were a public health emergency deserving of an urgent, strong and coordinated international response, this is it," he said.

Obama has declared the epidemic, centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, a national security priority amid fears it could spread farther afield and claim many more lives.

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President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

 

Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology.

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Post-9/11 veterans are sharply divided about whether the U.S. air campaign in Syria and Iraq is enough to defeat the terrorists or whether the U.S. needs to commit boots on the ground to destroy the Islamic State.

 

Joe Jones, a former Army combat engineer who deployed twice to Iraq, said he is willing to go back to stop the Islamic State from killing Iraqi civilians. Jones, who does not speak for the Army or the veteran community, blames the U.S. for withdrawing troops from Iraq in December 2011 and creating a power vacuum that was filled by the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

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(Reuters) - American warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day at a strategic post on the Iraqi border, but the campaign did nothing to halt the fighters' advance on a Kurdish town where refugees are fleeing.

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