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Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

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Calmer hurricane season is still a threat

The odds of a quieter Atlantic hurricane season are even greater now, but that does not mean New Jersey is immune to disastrous storms.

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President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Boost for vets’ health: Obama signs new law

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

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University of South Florida professor Erin Kimmerle, right, with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, and Ovell Krell, whose brother's remains were found at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
University of South Florida professor Erin Kimmerle, right, with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, and Ovell Krell, whose brother's remains were found at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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First of 55 bodies ID’d from infamous Florida reform school

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- In December 1940, Owen Smith's mother wrote the superintendent of the then-Florida Industrial School for Boys about the welfare of her 14-year-old son, who had been sent there months earlier for being with a friend in a stolen car.

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Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. He was convicted of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. He was convicted of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
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Detroit-area porch shooter convicted of murder

DETROIT (AP) -- A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter Thursday in the killing of an unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life when he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night and had acted in self-defense.

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Bertha Becomes Seasons Second Hurricane, Heads Towards UK
Bertha Becomes Seasons Second Hurricane, Heads Towards UK (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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Forecasters expect slower Atlantic storm season

The Atlantic hurricane season will continue to be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation, federal forecasters said Thursday.

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Amber Alert canceled for Philly brothers

An early morning Amber Alert has been canceled for two boys from suburban Philadelphia after they were found, safe, outside a CVS on Staten Island.

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High-tech thieves cracking code on keyless entry cars

An increasing number of thieves are using some kind of a high-tech device that apparently sends out an electronic signal to open the keyless entry systems used to lock new cars.

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Survey: Fewer people have confidence in Obamacare

A new survey shows higher health care spending and low confidence in Obamacare.  

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Too much pressure on young athletes?

A number of parents think their child is competitive enough to continue playing sports in college or even on a professional level, when in reality a very low percentage of athletes are actually good enough to make it beyond high school.

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