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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 … 1

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

U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A federal judge yesterday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the … 0

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, Mo., where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since … 1

American Ebola doc: ‘I am thrilled to be alive’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Calling it a “miraculous day,” an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit in Atlanta and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses yesterday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after … 0

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty yesterday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in federal court … 0

Nation & world briefs, Aug. 22

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fierce fighting rages in eastern Ukraine Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine yesterday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russia separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, … 0

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The extremists of the Islamic State have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of … 0

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes yesterday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Obama vowed relentless … 5

Homeless man fights Hudson’s panhandling crackdown

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The town of Hudson’s officials and police officers are violating the free-speech rights of the poor and the homeless by harassing and arresting panhandlers who use signs to solicit handouts, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union said yesterday in a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed against the town in … 3

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hamas’s shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said yesterday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the airstrikes in Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of … 0

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder sought yesterday to reassure the people of Ferguson, Mo., about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust the police, recalling how he was repeatedly … 2