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.  Video | Full Article 

Fed could hint on rate-hike plans as it prepares for policy turn 1:03am EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday could offer fresh clues on when it plans to begin lifting interest rates and how quickly it will move, as it prepares for a momentous policy turn after years of aggressive monetary stimulus.

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 expands U.S. role in fighting 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 

Pro and anti-independence supporters wave posters outside a campaign event in favor of the union in Clydebank, Scotland, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Scottish independence opponents ahead: polls

EDINBURGH - Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists, three different opinion polls showed.  Full Article | The bookies weigh in 

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.  Video | 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 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis' for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.  Full Article 

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Rocket takes classified U.S. government payload into space

An Atlas V rocket carries the U.S. government's classified CLIO satellite into space following a successful launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen