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August 9, 2014 - 6:07am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States can't and shouldn't intervene in every world crisis. But he says when innocent people face a massacre and the U.S. has the ability to stop it, the nation shouldn't look away.

Obama is discussing his rationale for authorizing airstrikes in Iraq in his weekly radio and Internet address. Obama says the U.S. will continue with targeted strikes if necessary.

Obama says he won't allow the U.S...

August 9, 2014 - 5:00am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1914, with the war in Europe just two weeks old, Henry James knew that something had been lost forever.

"Black and hideous to me is the tragedy that gathers, and I'm sick beyond cure to have lived on to see it," the American author, an expatriate in London at the time, wrote to a friend. "You and I, the ornaments of our generation, should have been spared this wreck of our belief that through the long years we had seen civilization grow...

August 9, 2014 - 4:33am
1 week 4 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — The one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit Hawaii is looking more like a jab and a missed left hook.

The Big Island took the brunt of a weakening Tropical Storm Iselle (ee-SEHL') on Thursday night and early Friday. The storm knocked down power lines, phones and trees but did not cause major damage or injuries.

By Friday afternoon, people were out and about throughout Hawaii. On Oahu, surfers rode waves where they could,...

August 9, 2014 - 4:10am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act.

The vivid reports streaming into the Situation Room that morning from U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials were unsettling, to say the least: Stories of...

August 9, 2014 - 3:57am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administration has rebuffed America's closest allies in Iraq.

U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some to the Kurds. Their peaceful, semiautonomous northern region had been the lone success story to come out of the...

August 9, 2014 - 3:47am
1 week 4 days ago

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Crews have been forced to use explosives to build a fire break in a hard-to-access section of a fast-growing wildfire in central Washington state.

The lightning-caused fire near Ellensburg has grown to nearly 14 square miles and is just 15 percent contained. It's being fought by more than 700 people. It has burned six homes and 13 other buildings.

A fire official says the blasting in the rocky terrain at the northwest end of...

August 9, 2014 - 3:02am
1 week 4 days ago

"I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name." — Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor infected with Ebola, on his time treating patients with the virus in Liberia.

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"ISIL's campaign of terror against the innocent ... and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of...

August 9, 2014 - 2:44am
1 week 4 days ago

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Several hundred people turned out Friday night for a vigil to honor a 6-year-old Washington girl found murdered several days after she disappeared from her Bremerton-area home.

Authorities say an autopsy has confirmed that a body found in the woods near the mobile home park where Jenise Wright lived was that of the little girl who vanished last weekend. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer...

August 9, 2014 - 2:18am
1 week 4 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — A Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman says both young men who were pulled unconscious from Seattle's Green Lake have died.

The Seattle Times reports that spokeswoman Leila Gray says one man died Friday. The other died shortly after he was brought to the emergency room.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the two were unconscious and unresponsive when divers found them Thursday night.

They were not...

August 9, 2014 - 2:08am
1 week 3 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — In a stunning defeat for an incumbent, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie was unseated by a fellow Democrat in Saturday's primary election, as voters chose state Sen. David Ige as their nominee in one of two marquee races that have divided the party.

Abercrombie had tried to hold onto his seat while disgruntled voters turned their allegiance to Ige, who promised to bring a less confrontational political style. Voters rewarded Ige with a decisive victory....

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