Sending more US troops to Iraq fits a 2-year pattern

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to send still more American troops to Iraq, and to put military advisers closer to the front lines against the Islamic State, fits a pattern of ever-deepening involvement in a country whose war Obama exited with supposed finality in December 2011.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Senate passes bill that would boost airport security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan aviation policy bill Tuesday that would boost airport security, extend new protections to airline passengers and help speed the introduction of package-delivery drones.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

States move toward making endangered land lines extinct

WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Peter Froehlich lives at the end of a mile-long dirt road in a part of Maine where pickup trucks share the right of way with wandering dairy cows. The local cable company won't run a line down the road, and his cellphone is useless because he lives in a wireless dead zone.

  • Written by TOM BELL, Associated Press

Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

HOUSTON (AP) — As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation's fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston's mayor said there was no immediate solution.

  • Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press