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Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Proctor & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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This June 27, 2004, file image from a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network, shows a man identified as US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun.  (AP Photo/ Al-Jazeera via APTN)
This June 27, 2004, file image from a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network, shows a man identified as US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun. (AP Photo/ Al-Jazeera via APTN)
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Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.

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A Palestinian vendors displays food, including pickled vegetables and olives, in preparation for Ramadan at a market in the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, June 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian vendors displays food, including pickled vegetables and olives, in preparation for Ramadan at a market in the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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From Morocco to Jakarta, Muslims mark Ramadan

BEIRUT (AP) -- Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam.

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Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria in 2013.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria in 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.

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Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after they bury 15 bodies in the village of Taza Khormato near the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after they bury 15 bodies in the village of Taza Khormato near the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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A challenging job for US special forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants.

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Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, right, listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Irbil, Iraq
Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, right, listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Irbil, Iraq AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
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Kurdish leader cites ‘new reality’ in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that "we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq" as the country considers new leadership for its Shiite-led government as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage.

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Job Fair Held For Veterans At New York's Lexington Avenue Armory
Job Fair Held For Veterans At New York's Lexington Avenue Armory (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)
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Poll: Veterans Struggling to Find Jobs in NJ [AUDIO]

A new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Wednesday reveals that many New Jerseyans recognize the struggles military veterans are having finding a job.

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