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US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has so far been limited to automatic rifles and ammunition.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014

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Al-Jazeera America logs first anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven't watched much, you're not alone.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014

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Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014

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UN: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization urged nations worldwide to donate money and resources to stop the spread of Ebola as it declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014

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Charges in Jim Brady's homicide could prove tough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to bring a case against John Hinckley Jr. in the homicide of former White House press secretary James Brady could prove difficult for prosecutors, given the three decades that have passed since he was shot in an assassination try on Ronald Reagan and because a jury ruled that Hinckley was insane when he opened fire, an attorney and law professor said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014

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US drops new aid to Iraqis fleeing militant surge

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. launched a new airdrop Saturday to aid thousands of members of an Iraqi minority group who fled the advance of the Islamic State group, trying to stem a worsening humanitarian crisis in a country reeling from the extremist offensive.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014

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Major provisions of veterans health care law

A law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and other senior VA executives.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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