A map showing Islamic State ambition (back) is displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State on Capitol Hill in Washington September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. general hasn't ruled out ground troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility that U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq.  Full Article 

Boeing wins large NASA 'space taxi' award: source 3:10pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Boeing Co has won a large NASA contract to develop new "space taxis" that would fly astronauts to the International Space Station instead of relying on Russian spacecraft, an industry source said ahead of a NASA announcement expected on Tuesday.

A man washes his hands as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus on a street in Monrovia, September 13, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Obama to deploy troops to combat Ebola

WASHINGTON - The United States will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan to halt the epidemic.  Full Article 

U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Deadly attack near U.S. embassy in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months.  Full Article 

Spanish ham is displayed for sale in a shop window at a grocery store in St. Petersburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Russia risks recession, says ex-finance minister

MOSCOW - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said, criticizing the strategy so far.  Full Article 

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Two lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.  Full Article 

Breakingviews: Going hedge-fund free

Jeff Goldfarb and Richard Beales discuss the reasons why California's $300 billion pension fund, Calpers, is ditching all $4 bln of its hedge fund investments.


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen