House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter.

Obama will send U.S. troops to aid in fight against Ebola

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

President Obama met Tuesday with Dr. Kent Brantly, who did his medical residency in Fort Worth. Brantly contracted Ebola while working as a medical missionary in Liberia. Later Tuesday, Brantly testified about his experiences before a Senate subcommittee.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.

Labor Department announces grants to fight tax cheats

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday awarded $10.2 million to nearly two dozen states to beef up enforcement of a labor scheme that companies employ to evade their tax obligations.

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Judge: Sanfords to mediate over divorce issues

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny have agreed to mediate parenting issues and other concerns in their contentious divorce, a South Carolina family court judge said Monday.

Sanford divorce hearing postponed

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

The family court hearing for Mark and Jenny Sanford that was scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning has been postponed, according to an attorney on the case.