Another American hostage at risk of beheading by Islamic State

Aug 20, 2014

Another American hostage at risk of beheading by Islamic State

Extremists with the Islamic State group are threatening to kill another hostage after beheading American journalist James Foley in a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an ...

Family confirms Islamic State beheaded captive American journalist

Aug 20, 2014

Family confirms Islamic State beheaded captive American journalist

A grisly video shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. After the video ...

Aug 20, 2014

St. Louis police fatally shoot man with knife, authorities say

Police in St. Louis killed a man they say brandished a knife and refused to drop it. The victim yelled “Kill me now,” Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters Tuesday. The incident occurred hours after police fired tear gas at protesters in nearby Ferguson, ...

As protests rage in Ferguson, Obama struggles to find his role

Aug 20, 2014

As protests rage in Ferguson, Obama struggles to find his role

When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years ...

Justice's goal in Ferguson: ensuring truth

Aug 19, 2014

Justice's goal in Ferguson: ensuring truth

The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old by a white ...

Obama sending Holder to Ferguson; National Guard deploys

Aug 19, 2014

Obama sending Holder to Ferguson; National Guard deploys

President Barack Obama said he has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with federal and local authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police has sparked days of protests and violence. Obama again urged calm in Ferguson, ...

Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

Aug 18, 2014

Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress on Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and ...

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

Aug 18, 2014

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

by Julie Pace

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as America’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” ...

Aug 18, 2014

Obama heading back to White House in rare vacation break

President Barack Obama planned a break in the middle of his vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers. The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back ...