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 began debating Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters mopped up Tuesday around the smoldering remains of 100 structures, most of them homes, after a wind-driven wildfire raced through a hillside neighborhood and forced more than 1,000 people to flee this small town near the Oregon border.

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.

Congress, state leaders pledge to tackle labor tax-law dodge

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Key lawmakers in Washington have pledged to look further into a McClatchy report on companies with federal contracts that defied labor laws in order to avoid their tax obligations.

MORNING BUZZ: Sanford's Facebooking, Harrell's fallout, 2016 hopefuls' SC visits

| Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Sanford's Facebook breakup

Rep. Mark Sanford blames his ongoing divorce battle with Jenny Sanford for ending his engagement

PoliTex: What do you call a former president and his first lady?

| |Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014

Wendy Davis recognizes some familiar footwear during a book signing in Fort Worth.

Elected officials pledge to act on tax-law dodge problems

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Hearings anticipated on Capitol Hill on McClatchy’s “Contract to Cheat” series after November’s mid-term elections nationwide.