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President Barack Obama speaks during the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

U.S. won’t work with Assad if airstrikes in Syria happen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be … 0

Putin and Poroshenko meet for bilateral talks

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine met late yesterday for their first bilateral talks at a much-anticipated summit in Minsk, which many voiced hopes may help bring an end to fighting between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russia separatists in east Ukraine. Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in the Belarusian capital, the first such … 0

Inspector general: Shoddy care by VA didn’t cause Phoenix deaths

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. Investigators uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics across the nation have been scheduling veterans for appointments, … 0

Gettysburg hero to get Medal of Honor 151 years after battle

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One hundred and fifty-one years after his final battle and more than two decades after a senator took up his cause, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing will get his Medal of Honor. Cushing was 22 when he died July 3, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal clash … 0

WHO urges bans on indoor e-cigarette use, sales to minors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The indoor use of electronic cigarettes should be banned and sales to minors should be prohibited, the World Health Organization said. Manufacturers also should be prohibited from claiming that the devices can help people quit smoking until they provide convincing evidence, the Geneva-based United Nations agency said in … 0

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Israel and Hamas agreed yesterday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the … 0

Crested Butte to be Bud Light’s ‘Whatever’ town

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some people in normally laid-back Crested Butte, Colo., are not up for “Whatever” – a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad … 0

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. Burger King said yesterday it will buy Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s third largest fast-food … 0

Syria warns U.S.: No unilateral strikes on militants

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Syria warned the Obama administration yesterday not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria, as the militants celebrated another key victory over government forces in the north of the country. The warning came a … 0

Freed U.S. reporter’s Dad praises son’s noble cause

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The overjoyed father of the American journalist freed by Islamic militants said yesterday that his son and others who venture into dangerous lands like Syria deserve praise for wanting to “bear witness . . . tell the truth … 0

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip yesterday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands of Israelis have … 0

Bishop: Slain N.H. journalist Foley opened our eyes

Monday, August 25, 2014

Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said yesterday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci … 0

U.S. says Boston journalist held in Syria has been freed

Monday, August 25, 2014

An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released yesterday, less than a week after the execution of Rochester journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American … 0