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Iraq air strikes car destroyed

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Hagel: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen'

America's top defense officials left open the possibility of targeting fighters with the so-called Islamic State in Syria, saying during a news briefing Thursday it was not enough to just hit the extremist group in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

Missouri congressman voices his concerns about Ferguson situation

Missouri Congressman voices his concerns about Ferguson situation

Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer spoke about several issues to a crowd of about 50 people at the Rotary Club in Moberly on Thursday.

Michael Brown, Missouri teen shot by police

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Kinder wants legislative panel on police shooting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's lieutenant governor wants lawmakers to look into events related to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Gay couple, same-sex couple

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US Supreme Court puts Va. gay marriage on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That means gay and lesbian couples cannot legally wed in the state for now.

The Richmond-based U.S....

James Foley in bushes

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White House: No concessions to hostage takers

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not grant concessions to hostage takers."

Hillary Clinton 2008

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'Obama third term' label could hurt Clinton

Very few confidants and former aides were frenzied when Hillary Clinton came under fire for questions about her age, health and wealth.

Their view, for the most part, was Clinton is obviously healthy - look at the schedule she keeps - and wealth won't...

AG Holder in Ferguson

Obama and Holder hone messages on race issues

They are the nation's first African-American President and attorney general, so Barack Obama and Eric Holder always were going to face extra scrutiny over their approach to racially charged issues.

Conservative critics howled when Obama said in 2009 t...

George W Bush ice bucket challenge

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George W. Bush takes the ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone presidential.

Texas Gov Rick Perry

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Rick Perry hits the road

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in court on Friday, but he won't be there. Instead, he'll be testing the waters for a possible presidential run.

Obama and Holder discuss Ferguson

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Holder's pitch for easing tension in Ferguson

After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into issues of race, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Missouri, as President Barack Obama's top emissary.

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