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.

For six years James Risen, a reporter of The New York Times, has been battling prosecutors who want him to identify an anonymous source. And despite his setbacks, he’s willing to keep fighting.

Americans are changing their minds about gays at a startling pace, driven by young people coming of age in a new era and by people of all ages increasingly familiar with gays and lesbians in their families and their lives, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for demilitarization of America’s local police forces in the wake of the heavily armed response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the United States’ recent military mission in Iraq has been successful and that he does not expect to have to evacuate the Yazidi popular who had been stranded with no water or food on a mountain.

A federal judge has directed Guantanamo Bay authorities to answer some highly specific questions about the force-feeding of detainee Mohammed Abu Wa’el Dhiab.

After a Senate survey found 22 percent of colleges give their athletics departments oversight over sexual assault allegations against athletes, the NCAA Executive Committee has issued a resolution saying it expects that practice to stop.

Looking fit, relaxed and in prime condition for a possible presidential run, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he has not yet decided what he will do. "I'm not going to make a decision until later this year," Bush said.

The FBI has devoted “considerable resources” to fixing problems with its handling of National Security Letters, and has made definite progress, a Justice Department audit finds.

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

The United States military has concluded that there are too few Yazidi refugees still trapped in the mountains of northern Iraq to warrant mounting a potentially risky rescue, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.

On Monday night, we celebrated the 33rd birthday of our son, Austin Tice. Together with those who know him best, we laughed about Austin’s childhood misadventures, reflected on his many accomplishments and shared our fondest memories of the most devoted son, brother, uncle and friend any of us could ever ask for.

The U.S. decision to send Marines and special operators into northern Iraq to assess whether to evacuate members of a trapped minority sect from a mountain and away from the Islamic State marked an Obama administration abandonment of a pledge of no boots on the ground, some analysts and Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

The military judge in charge of the 9/11 terrorism trial bowed to a Pentagon prosecution protest Wednesday and agreed to go forward with a single, five-man Sept. 11 death-penalty tribunal.

With international crises dominating the national agenda, could President Barack Obama’s low standing on foreign policy right now hurt Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election bid in North Carolina?

It’s in part a statement about the unpopularity of Mitch McConnell, but new polling shows just how much Kentuckians prefer Rand Paul of their state’s two senators.

A new TV ad for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan began on Wednesday, the first of what the campaign arm for Senate Democrats says will be a $9.1 million advertising buy in North Carolina.

Fourteen community colleges _ in North Carolina, Washington, Texas, California and other states _ are joining a White House initiative to help students who aren’t prepared for college get over the hurdles of remedial classes and go on to complete college degrees.

Iraq’s prime minister-designate, Haider al Abadi, seems to have the backing of nearly every major political alliance in the country, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to take office as long as the current prime minister, Nouri al Maliki, holds the keys to power in the Iraqi capital.

President Barack Obama considers former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “very close friend” and appreciated her calling him Tuesday after critical comments she made about his foreign policy garnered huge attention.

Two months after the Islamic State laid claim to much of Iraq, European nations are reacting, driven in part by the fact that there are already thousands of European boots on the ground in this conflict _ fighting on the Islamic State side.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is just back from barnstorming Iowa, home of the earliest presidential caucus, and he’s heading next to eat barbecue in South Carolina, the first voting state in Dixie and a critical stop for Republicans who aspire to the White House.

If potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is into numerology, she better watch out for the number 160, according to a recent Smithsonian.com article.

Lt. Col Edward P. Drummond, Jr. taught his three children there was nothing in life they couldn’t overcome. Drummond, part of the last graduating class of renowned African American pilots trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama during World War II, proved it by overcoming so much in his own life.

The crisis over who will be Iraq’s next prime minister faded in Baghdad on Tuesday after Iran joined the United States in embracing the appointment of Haider al Abadi to replace Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.

Hillary Clinton isn’t running for president yet, but she’s already learning that it’s not easy running away from her former boss, even if he’s unpopular.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday described the death of a Missouri teenager who was shot to death Saturday by a local police officer “heartbreaking.”

There are felines hiding in the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday accused her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, of slashing funding for public education in North Carolina and argued that he’d hurt education further if he wins her Senate seat in Washington.

Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

New rules proposed by the Obama administration would give more Indian tribes a faster track at joining the ranks of the federally recognized by making it easier for them to prove their legitimacy.

Tracy Martin knows the pain a Ferguson, Mo., family and their community are feeling over the fatal shooting over the weekend of an 18-year-old unarmed black man. Martin's son, Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch security guard, George Zimmerman, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., a suburb of Orlando. The shooting sparked a national debate, and the case is strangely similar to the shooting of Michael Brown.

Retired Washington, D.C., police Officer E.T. Smith patrolled the beach in his four-wheel-drive truck on a recent morning, keeping an eye out for wild mustangs and the drunks who like to harass them.

This is a weird one. A bungled trial trancript means a reduced sentence, at least after the fact, for former Army Sgt. 1st Class Calvin J. Davenport, who was convicted of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.

Iraq’s political crisis deepened Monday, with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki ordering military units to take up positions in the capital while the coalition his political party belongs to nominated a rival to succeed him as head of the government.

The White House announced Monday that it will use the same digital and technology experts that helped fix HealthCare.gov to solve other government technology problems.

The United States’ senior military officer in charge of operations said Monday that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have not affected the overall military effectiveness of the Islamic State and aren’t likely to, as long as protecting American lives and rescuing a trapped minority sect are the primary U.S. missions there.

President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Victory, they say, has many fathers, and as Kurdish peshmerga militia pushed Islamic State forces from a string of towns near Irbil Sunday and Monday, it was easy to cite two: accurate airstrikes by U.S. aircraft that eliminated artillery positions and convoys and timely deliveries of light arms and ammunition from the CIA.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a request for attorneys fees by challengers to a Texas voter ID law.

President Barack Obama on Monday praised Iraqi President Fouad for naming a new prime minister, calling the move a “promising step.”

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