President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed justice for the Islamist killers of American journalist James Foley, as officials revealed that U.S. forces had launched a secret raid inside Syria last month to rescue him and other captives only to find they had been moved.

Several dozen U.S. special forces troops flew into Syria last month in a bid to rescue several Americans held by the Islamic State, including journalist James Foley, but they pulled out after discovering that the captives had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

A 2012 incident in which Mexican federal police raked an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle with gunfire was the result of a “crass error” in judgment by the officers but was not an ambush ordered by organized crime, the nation’s top security czar said Wednesday.

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s got a late-night habit. Pizza.

A team of several dozen U.S. Special Forces operators entered Syria earlier this summer in a failed bid to rescue “several” American captives, including journalist James Foley, only to discover once on the ground that the hostages had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has exposed what the Justice Department doesn’t know about police use of force.

Looking back a year, to the early hours of Aug. 21, 2013, when a series of missiles with poison gas payloads landed in suburban Damascus, experts can’t help but note that the results of an international reaction to use of the lethal chemicals can be seen as both success and failure.

Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb things college students say in class.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday decried the slaying of U.S journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, saying the entire world was “appalled” as he vowed to protect Americans by whatever means necessary.

Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation.

Okay, Whovians, your long wait is over.

Tuesday was another big night for the Republican establishment, as its candidates won key races in Alaska and Wyoming.

Attorney General Eric Holder is delivering a message to Ferguson, Mo., today, in person and through the media.

In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American photojournalist, and it threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks.

President Barack Obama’s reluctance to delve intensely into the issue of race is drawing criticism from some African-Americans, who say he needs to contribute to the dialogue on race in America, especially as violence continues to roil Ferguson, Mo.

Iraqi forces pushed north Tuesday in an attempt to recapture the central Iraq town of Tikrit from the Islamic militants who have been occupying it since mid-June, only to see the assault stymied by snipers, roadside bombs and fierce resistance from the rebels.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive, has received waves of sympathetic emails and letters from Americans across the country, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Several options await the Justice Department inquiry that Attorney General Eric Holder will see firsthand Wednesday in embattled Ferguson, Mo., where he will meet with law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Far behind the front lines, refugees displaced by Islamic extremists in Iraq do not see a way for themselves to go home anytime soon.

China, a country with its own ethnic tensions and record of excessive police action, remained quiet during the first week of clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill.

President Barack Obama urged Americans on Thursday to begin the healing process in Ferguson, Mo. after the shooting death of a Missouri teenager by local police led to nights of unrest outside St. Louis.

Voters pick candidates Tuesday in Alaska and Wyoming, with Alaska’s Republican U.S. Senate primary the most eagerly anticipated.

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday to assess the ongoing federal investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager that has led to a week of unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

Iraqi and Kurdish troops, backed by heavy U.S. air support, Monday recaptured Iraq’s largest dam, the most significant victory over the Islamic State since the militants overran almost half of Iraq in mid-June.

The Justice Department’s chief peacekeeper is on his way to embattled Ferguson, Mo.

Blacks and whites are starkly divided over reactions to the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and, like its Central American neighbors, a transhipment point for cocaine headed to the United States.

The public’s disdain for Congress remains overwhelming: Just 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election, according to a new Gallup survey.

A federal judge on Monday rejected environmentalists’ challenge to a nearly 600-mile pipeline designed to carry tar sands crude oil between Illinois and Oklahoma.

President Barack Obama on Sunday sent Congress a report notifying lawmakers that he had authorized military to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq to help the government retake the Mosul Dam as part of an ongoing campaign against Islamic militants.

As U.S. warplanes tilt the battlefield against Islamic militants in Kurdish-controlled territories, Iraqis in the rest of the country are growing resentful that the U.S. so far is not intervening more forcefully to protect Arabs who have been fighting extremists for months.

The Rev. Tommie Pierson was meeting in his church a week ago Saturday when, only blocks away, multiple bullets fired from a Ferguson police officer’s pistol pierced the body of Michael Brown, leaving the unarmed African-American teen dead on the street.

AUSTIN A defiant Rick Perry on Saturday went on the offensive one day after being indicted for allegedly abusing his power with a controversial veto, denouncing the charges as “outrageous” political theatrics and predicting that he will ultimately prevail over “those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes.”

Hundreds of vehicles belonging to U.S. military members serving overseas are missing. Now Gen. Paul Selva, the U.S. Transportation Command commander, is sending out to teams worldwide to look for them.

Fighters in the Islamic State reportedly massacred dozens of Yazidi men who refused to convert to Islam in a northern Iraq village Friday, according to Iraqi government and Kurdish officials.

The German Foreign Intelligence Agency has admitted tapping “at least one” phone call each by current Secretary of State John Kerry and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while they were aboard United States government jets, according to German media reports.

Behind the tangled web of partisanship surrounding Republicans’ impendinglawsuit against President Barack Obama, the quiet architect of the GOP’s assault on Pennsylvania Avenue has all but disappeared from the spotlight.

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state’s public integrity unit.

The government on Friday made public a heavily redacted memo that was used to legally justify the killing of an American overseas.

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is taking on tribal cigarette manufacturers, in a fight that’s already included covert investigations, aerial surveillance and confidential informants.

Leaders of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim tribes threatened Friday to rebel against the Islamic State, the first indication that a change of government in Baghdad might allow a new prime minister to rally the country’s divided ethnic and religious groups against the Islamist extremists.

Police breaking a week-long silence and revealing the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager was supposed to be a step towards healing a fracture community.

President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia early next month to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to defend NATO allies in a Baltic region nervous about Russia’s activities in Ukraine.

Capitol Hill and courthouse shadows will cloud the Lake Tahoe Summit that convenes Tuesday.

For young women in China who have ambitions beyond raising a family, life is a constant barrage of societal pressures to marry early – preferably by 25, by no means beyond 27.

Justice Department officials on Thursday stepped up their investigation into the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., while Missouri Highway Patrol officers took over security in the town that’s been roiled by demonstrations.

Humanitarian aid workers warned Thursday that it was too soon to declare the U.S. mission to aid Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq a success, noting that at least 100,000 residents who fled the Islamic State’s capture of Sinjar now crowd cities and refugee camps and will need humanitarian assistance for months to come.

Bowing to calls for his resignation from Iraq’s most revered cleric and his own political party, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki on Thursday backed off his threat to fight the nomination of his successor and announced that he would step down from the post he has held for the past eight years.

The group suing the Internal Revenue Service in federal court to obtain the emails of former division head Lois Lerner celebrated Thursday a judge’s decision to open an inquiry into the matter.

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