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As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

Sunday, 31 August 2014 13:28
A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/StringerA resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014.
Suicide bomber kills 37 in western Iraq: police officers, medical official
Sunday, 31 August 2014 13:28
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thirty seven people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed Humvee military vehicle into a construction site, used by the army and police, according to two police officers and a medical official. The blast killed 22 security personnel and 15 civilians, the medical and police sources said. The nine-story building under construction, used as a base by security personnel, was located in the center of Ramadi in western Anbar province.
Mom charged in death of disabled daughter could get $1M from her trust fund, even if convicted
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund — even if she's convicted. Nicole Diggs and her now-husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death of Alayah Savarese (sah-vuh-REES'). ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities say Alayah wasn't regularly fed, didn't receive proper…
NY homicide squad investigating death of pregnant woman shot inside car; fetus also dies
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
BAY SHORE, N.Y. – A homicide squad in New York is investigating the death of a pregnant woman found with multiple gunshot wounds inside her car. Her fetus didn't survive, either. Suffolk County police say they responded to a call of gunshots at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday and found 31-year-old Milagro G. Canjura unresponsive outside her home in Bay Shore on Long Island. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She was taken by ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay…
Aftershock hits California's Napa Valley
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
(Reuters) - California's Napa Valley, the site of a strong and damaging earthquake a week ago, was shaken by a small aftershock early on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, measuring magnitude 3.2, occurred five miles southwest of Napa. There were no immediate reports of damage. It was one of many aftershocks that have occurred since Aug. 24 when a magnitude 6.0 quake struck, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25…
US EMBASSY 'SECURED'? Islamist group claims control of Libya compound
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli. American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained…
US in 'free fall': Rogers says inertia on ISIS shows Obama 'withdrawn'
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. “It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday." “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.” ADVERTISEMENT
LEGO AIDS COLD CASE Toy block leads to suspect in '91 killing of woman, 78
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
John Sansing, on death row in Arizona for a 1998 murder, has been charged in the murder of Lucille Johnson, who was bludgeoned to death in 1991. (Arizona Department of Corrections) A Lego toy brick has helped Utah police crack a 23-year-old cold case, Fox 13 reported. Police recovered some Legos while investigating the 1991 murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson, who was bludgeoned inside her Holladay, Utah, home.
OPERATION 'WASHTUB' Hoover OK'd Alaskans as secret agents in 1950s
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
This Sept. 6, 1951 handout image obtained by The Associated Press shows the first of a two-part Air Force memo informing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J Edgar Hoover of the assignment and project, code worded Washtub. (AP) This undated handout image obtained by The Associated Press shows the second of the two-part memo to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover about "Washtub," the codeword assigned to the Office of Special Investigations.
U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a “very serious threat” to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged the Obama administration to aggressively prosecute U.S. citizens who had trained overseas as it weighed options for how to respond to escalating…

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