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Obama vows to destroy Islamic State ‘wherever they exist’

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a broader war against the Islamic State, pledging a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the militants “wherever they exist” as he escalated U.S. involvement in an armed conflict he spent years trying to avoid.

Islamic State extremists discussed entering U.S. through Mexico, official says

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Intelligence agencies have tracked social media exchanges in which Sunni militants discussed crossing the border, a Homeland Security official tells Congress.

'Loving' father now tied to his 5 kids' deaths

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush.

Ex-first lady Laura Bush: ‘Every child ... should learn to read’

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Laura Bush praises the local Read2Win initiative, which helps struggling first-graders learn to read.

Key federal official wants to kill sports blackout rules

| |Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014

After almost 40 years of regulation, the chairman of the FCC calls for a vote this month, saying the feds are “blowing the whistle on this anti-fan practice.” The NFL wants to keep blackouts as an option.

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

| |Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday.

4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

| |Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014

The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University Hospital's special isolation unit.

Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

| |Monday, Sep. 08, 2014

President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still won't commit U.S. troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and will rely heavily for now on allies to pitch in for what could be an extended campaign.

Analysis: Hispanic officers scant in police forces despite growing population

| |Monday, Sep. 08, 2014

An analysis by The Associated Press has found that the racial gap between black police officers and the communities where they work has narrowed over the last generation, but a much larger disparity is now seen in the low number of Hispanic officers in police departments.

MORNING BUZZ: Darla's statement on Assembly Street, the Sanfords' acrimony on display, strippers seek more employment coverage

| Monday, Sep. 08, 2014

Designed to do business for South Carolina: Darla Moore's vision behind newest building on the USC campus

Sunday Buzz: Can this (Sanford) divorce be saved? plus the lawmaker who is turning down membership to an all-white club