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Congress keeping close watch on Obama's plans in Iraq

President Obama has said that the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq to confront insurgents and that he will consult Congress. But he's said nothing about seeking its approval.

In Iraq, ISIS advances, Shiite cleric issues warning

During a sermon in Baghdad, Nassir al-Saedi said they would ready for "the occupier" "if you are back." Meanwhile, ISIS took control of two towns.

MAP: The runner-up religions of the United States of America

One nation under God, with many different religious traditions. Find out about the number two religions throughout the United States.

Revelers greet the midsummer sunrise at Stonehenge

New-agers, pagans and modern-day Druids began the longest day of the year with songs, dance and yoga at the ancient stones on Salisbury Plain.

Government moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

The National Park Service is moving to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying that unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

Ukraine: 1-week cease-fire to start by end of day

Ukraine's interior ministry says government troops will start a unilateral, seven-day ceasefire later Friday as a first step to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists.

Married same-sex couples to receive more federal benefits

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.

Threats bring Afghan girl to US

The little girl lost her right arm last year when she picked up a grenade following a firefight between U.S. and Taliban forces.

Update: 300 military advisers available for Iraq, Obama says

President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

Feds say trucker in Morgan crash was speeding

A preliminary report released Thursday says the trucker, who seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan, was driving 65 mph at the time of the June 7 crash.

Bill Clinton gets PGA of America's top award

Former President Bill Clinton has been selected to receive the PGA Distinguished Service Award. He is the third former president to be chosen by the PGA of America.

Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery as sectarian clashes spread

Iraq's government is using limited air attacks to strike back at the Sunni group known as ISIS, which now controls large areas of Iraq's north.

Signs of reprisal killings emerge; US considers options

Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down north of Baghdad as ominous signs emerged Tuesday that open warfare between the two main Muslim sects has returned to Iraq.

'Pink slime' making a comeback. Got a beef with that?

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking to cheap "lean finely-textured beef," the so-called "pink slime."

Benghazi suspect captured, will face full US justice, Obama says

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala marks the first time the U.S has apprehended one of the accused perpetrators in the 2012 attack.

Twin tornadoes in Nebraska leave two dead, others in hospital

Residents who were evacuated Monday have been allowed to return to sift through the destruction.