By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 11:53 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday, decrying the intervention as an escalation of the North African country's already debilitating turmoil. U.S. officials said the United States had no prior notification of the attacks.
By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 11:48 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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.
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and PETER LEONARD, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 5:15 p.m.
MINSK, Belarus — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said early Wednesday that he has support for a peace plan from leaders who attended a summit meeting in Minsk, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported.
By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 10:43 a.m.
CHICAGO — The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago, where nearly 200 people lined up hoping to hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 9:48 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.
By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 9:45 a.m.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas announced Tuesday that they agreed to an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war after seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians.
EVERETT — Snohomish County had the dubious distinction of recording the lowest voter turnout in the state during the primary election. The best turnout was in Ferry County, closely followed by Garfield County, election officials said.
By RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press
August 25, 2014 5:37 p.m.
BEIRUT — Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.
By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press
August 25, 2014 5:05 p.m.
JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands of Israelis have fled the area in nearly two months of fighting, which has turned the communities into virtual ghost towns.
OLYMPIA — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million.
EVERETT — Snohomish County has the dubious distinction of recording the lowest voter turnout in the state during the primary election. Election officials say the best turnout was in Ferry County, closely followed by Garfield County.
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
August 25, 2014 1:18 p.m.
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.