U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars


WASHINGTON - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.


Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.


Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner 22 Nov 2014

LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. | Video


Obama's day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter 22 Nov 2014

NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. - Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.


Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration 21 Nov 2014

NEW YORK - The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan.

In Chicago, contenders make hard push to get on mayoral ballot 21 Nov 2014

CHICAGO - Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with a fellow volunteer on how to collect signatures to get their candidate on the mayoral ballot.

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law 22 Nov 2014

- A U.S. federal judge on Friday blocked a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events at some places in the state.


U.S. House will fight Obama's immigration action: Boehner 21 Nov 2014

- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration has sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation. | Video


Pentagon reforms aim to curb predatory sales targeting troops 21 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Moving to curb predatory sales practices targeting U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon said on Friday it was reforming its payment system for troops to prevent them from using direct salary deductions to buy consumer goods like cars and computers.


Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role: NYT 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.