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U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.

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Trump’s plan to deport 11 million faces obstacles

Donald Trump has never said how he intends to find the illegal immigrants he wishes to deport.

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Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.

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Nation briefs: Pentagon plans to arm more stateside troops

Plus: Ruling on detainees, Lion killing investigated, Biden pushes Iran deal, Rapidly spreading brushfire in Calif.

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World briefs: India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Plus: U.S. sanctions Russia, PKK hits Turkish forces, Ai WeiWei to travel to Berlin, Pacific talks at impasse

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GOP searches for women to lead efforts against Planned Parenthood

Republicans in Congress are designating women lawmakers to draft measures to end federal assistance to Planned Parenthood health services.

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White House rejects 160,000-signature petition supporting pardon for Snowden

More than 160,000 people sought a pardon for spying charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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 Jonathan Pollard in 1998. Pollard will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.

Pollard to be freed; U.S. analyst spied for Israel

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole after serving 30 years of a life term.

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Nation briefs: Prison officer charged with raping inmates

Plus: Jail releases Bland footage, Dad defends Colo. shooter, Co-pilot broke spacecraft, Federal pollution regulation

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 President Barack Obama delivers a speech Tuesday to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

Obama takes on African power structure

President Barack Obama challenges the one-man rule and clinging to power of many of the continent’s leaders.

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World briefs: NATO stands with Turkey, urges restraint

Plus: Israel calls out Huckabee, Gadhafi’s son sentenced, Bomb kills 2 in Bahrain, U.S. hunter kills African lion

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 The organization sent an email to its members last week requesting money to “stop Obama from confiscating millions of guns.”

Could some Social Security recipients lose gun rights? NRA says yes

The NRA says beneficiaries who lack capacity to manage their affairs are targets for the “largest gun grab in American history.”

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House will decide fate of Export-Import Bank

Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Party’s most conservative wing a major defeat.

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 President Barack Obama waves as he arrives Sunday to deliver a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

Kenya at a ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise, Obama says

Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads,” President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption.

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Sen. Casey presses to expand childhood hunger program

Mr. Casey’s bill also allows family child care homes to serve a third meal during the day for children there for eight hours or longer.

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 President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday at a memorial to those killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya at Memorial Park in Nairobi.

In Kenya, Obama finds welcome mat, tough talk

Mr. Obama found himself at odds with his hosts over issues of democracy, human rights and same-sex marriage.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

Federal investigators ask for Justice Department probe of Clinton emails

The inspector general has advised the DOJ that some classified data went through Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server.

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Nation briefs: McConnell the target of Cruz rancor

Plus: VA dysfunction alleged, Airline-fare rise probed, Rick Perry charge dropped

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 President Barack Obama is greeted by his half-sister Auma on Friday at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

With his visit to his father’s homeland, Obama shows a new sense of confidence

President Barack Obama on Friday came to Kenya, his father’s homeland, overriding debunked claims about his own birthplace and identity.

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Turkey strikes Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time Friday, and leaders vowed further action against the militants.

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 Pennsylvania allows double trailers with a maximum length of 28 feet 6 inches per trailer. Single trailers pulled by truck tractors can be 53 feet long.

Citing safety concerns, Casey urges to ‘put brakes’ on plan for bigger trucks

The Democratic senators hopes to stop language inserted into appropriations bills that would allow bigger trucks on highways.

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Trump makes Texas-size splash at border

Donald Trump’s border patrol escort for a trip to the U.S-Mexico border backed out of the event Thursday.

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World briefs: Security woes delay start of Greek bailout talks

Plus: Kerry, Russia to discuss IS, Hungary to complete fence, Malaria vaccine, Nigeria celebrates no polio, India questions execution

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 FILE - This Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. The federal government’s two largest benefit programs face short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries. The magnitude of those problems will become clearer when the trustees for Social Security and Medicare issue their annual report cards. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Social Security disability fund to run dry next year, report says

An automatic 19 percent cut in benefits await the 11 million people getting Social Security disability unless Congress makes changes.

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 Mark Steidl of Highland Park attended the private fundraiser where Hillary Clinton spoke.  Mark is a student at CCAC.

Clinton meets supporters at Fox Chapel fundraiser

Clinton was to appear at the Fox Chapel home of Cynthia Shapira, the wife of David Shapira, the executive chairman of Giant Eagle’s board

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald greet President Barack Obama Tuesday after he arrives at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald, Peduto get ride of a lifetime with the commander in chief

President Obama invited Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to ride with him from the airport.

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 This product image provided by Ikea shows a Malm 6-drawer dresser. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall anchoring kit, for their Malm 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of Malm 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers.  The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall.

After 2 deaths, Ikea and government say dressers should be mounted to wall

Ikea and the CPSC said a two-year-old boy in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was fatally pinned against his bed in February 2014 after a Malm 6

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Trump-GOP feud escalates after rival goes after him

Donald Trump’s confrontations with fellow Republican presidential contenders escalated Tuesday.

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Senators reach compromise on increases to highway spending

A bipartisan Senate deal has been struck for highway spending over the next three years and transportation policy through 2022.

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Iran lawmakers to wait 80 days before voting on nuclear accord

Iran’s parliament stalls action on the nuclear deal for at least 80 days to let a committee study it, before the U.S. Congress weighs in.

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 Pope Francis greets Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino as he meets mayors gathered in the Synod Hall during a conference Tuesday on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican. Next to Mr. Marino, at left, is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, at right, and between the two, one row back, is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'

Sixty mayors from around the globe gathered to declare that climate change is real and man-made and to announce new measures to fight it.

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 President Barack Obama shakes hands with well-wishers Tuesday after giving a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Obama defends Iran deal, national security record in Pittsburgh address to VFW

The president said the Iran deal and the resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba were examples of “a new kind of leadership.”

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 Ohio Gov. John Kasich formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Kasich is the 16th candidate on the GOP ticket.

Ohio’s Kasich joins GOP presidential pool

Mr. Kasich, 63, says that despite all the competitors, he’s the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership.

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 President Barack Obama speaks at the VFW national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 21, 2015.

President Obama to address VFW convention in Pittsburgh today

Obama is expected to discuss veterans’ health care, new protections for service members against predatory lending and the Iran nuclear deal.

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 Vietnam veteran Ed Morrissey of Nevada attends the VFW National Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

McCain says Trump doesn't owe him apology, but vets here disagree

But the GOP presidential candidate insisted in a phone interview that he had said “four times” that he respected those captured in war.

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Donald Trump digs in as more pile on

Mr. Trump said the Republicans attacking him are irked by his recent polling success.

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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday.

Obama sends Iran deal to wary Congress

Also, in a first concrete sign of European determination to quickly rebuild ties, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Tehran.

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Donald Trump says John McCain is no war hero, setting off another storm

Mr. Trump upended a Republican presidential forum, and the race more broadly, by criticizing the Arizona senator and ex- prisoner of war.

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 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, leads Eid al-Fitr prayers Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Among the senior leaders present is President Hassan Rouhani, far right.

Iran’s ayatollah voices support for nuclear pact

Mr. Khamenei portrayed the nuclear deal as a victory for Iran, because it does not require the country to completely stop enriching uranium.

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 President Barack Obama walks Tuesday with Vice President Joe Biden after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington after reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

For U.S., nuke deal may take years to pay off

Little in the deal announced on Tuesday eliminates Iran’s ability to become a threshold nuclear power eventually, it just delays the day.

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Obama meets with Saudi diplomat amid Gulf qualms over Iran

The recent nuclear agreement called for Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions.

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 President Barack Obama took a tour Thursday of the medium-security El Reno Federal Correction Institute in Oklahoma.

National briefs: Obama visits federal correctional facility

Plus: IRS customer hang-ups, Bush to recover in 3-4 months, Case against GOP Walker dropped, Fracking health study, Texas execution halted

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 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Pat Toomey’s Senate run raises $8.3M

The incumbent continues robust fund-raising pace for his Senate re-election

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Senate approves measure to revamp No Child Left Behind

The Senate passed a revision of the controversial George W. Bush-ear No Child Left Behind education law.

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Obama tells aging conference seniors need financial security

Speaking at the White House Conference on Aging, the president noted that 10,000 Americans a day are turning 65.

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 From left to right, after reaching agreement Tuesday in Vienna: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi; French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius; German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier; Federica Mogherini, European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif; Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization ; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

On Capitol Hill, deep skepticism persists as lawmakers react to Iran deal

For the agreement to survive, President Barack Obama must prevent two-thirds of either house of Congress from voting against it.

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Clinton focuses on boosting income for middle class

Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed her vision for middle-class economic benefits and a crackdown on Wall Street excesses.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at Ross Elementary School.

Gov. Wolf seeks support for budget position during visit to Pittsburgh area

Mr. Wolf and Pa. Republicans, who control the legislature, are at odds over the state's budget, which was to have been passed in June.

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Key Republicans run from Trump

Announcing his candidacy last month, Donald Trump accused Mexico of sending rapists and other criminals into the United States.

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 Republican Gov. Scott Walker, 47, announced on Twitter Monday that he was running for president “because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.”

Wisconsin’s Walker enters GOP race with fighting spirit

Walker is a Republican who built a national profile largely due to his clashes with labor unions.

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