Detective: 'Hero' cop sought hit-man to cover up thefts

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Months before an Illinois police officer staged his suicide to look like murder, prompting an expensive manhunt that put his community under siege, he tried to find a hit man to kill a village administrator he feared would expose him as a thief, a detective told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama's Islamic State plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are souring on President Barack Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

Elder Bush criticizes Cheney, Rumsfeld in new biography

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blistering critique, former President George H.W. Bush says onetime Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld "served the president badly" when George W. Bush was in the White House and that former Vice President Dick Cheney "built his own empire" and asserted too much "hard-line" influence.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

Reform Jews approve far-reaching transgender resolution

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

Netanyahu appointment casts cloud over US visit


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly appointed spokesman on Thursday apologized for a series of insulting comments about President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington on a fence-mending mission.

  • Written by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press