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Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said President Obama is perhaps "too cautious" in his approach to combatting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

Associated Press

Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

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Judiciary committee taking up terror lawsuit bill

Associated Press

The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by focusing its attention on a long-deliberated bill that would allow victims to recover monetary damages from foreign sponsors of terrorism.

VA to hold town halls to discuss health care

Associated Press

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families.

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

- Associated Press

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

Military installation unlikely habitat for snakes

- Associated Press

With the reverberation of an F-16 strafing a nearby target in the air, Dane Ward sets a northern pine snake onto the concrete at Warren Grove Gunnery Range.

S. Korea says N. Korea fires projectile into sea

- Associated Press

North Korea fired another short-range projectile into the sea Monday, a Seoul official said, in the country's latest weapons test made three days after it cancelled a plan to send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in the South.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

- Associated Press

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

- Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis

- Associated Press

The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.

5 things to know about the Texas elections

- Associated Press

The results of Texas' Nov. 4 election will kick off the state's largest political shakeup in a generation because not a single statewide incumbent is on the ballot. Here are five things to watch:

Ohio man builds own bush plane, then learns to fly

- Associated Press

Greg Swingle made a near-noiseless pass above the family barn in Philo before dipping his plane into a steep hairpin turn and landing on an uneven stretch of grass that - if he hadn't just landed there - wouldn't seem possible.

Prince William Co. ends year with $5.9M shortfall

Associated Press

Prince William County is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $6 million for the fiscal year that ended in June, due in part to tax exemptions, the federal government shutdown, sequestration and other factors.

Report: Conn. police get free military equipment

Associated Press

A group of Connecticut newspapers reports that nearly two dozen police departments in southwestern Connecticut have an inventory of M-16 assault rifles, utility trucks, Commando armored cars, a mine-resistant vehicle, an armored truck and a Huey helicopter.

$2.2M wind turbine at Veterans Affairs site idle

Associated Press

A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud has been broken for years, and similar issues have plagued VA facilities in two other states.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

- Associated Press

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

FILE - In this Wednesday April 16, 2014 file photo, former defense contractor, Republican,Walt Havenstein talks with supporters in Concord, N.H. Havenstein, a Republican, hopes to win the nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan in November. (AP Photo/Jim Cole/File)

Havenstein says teamwork key to government success

- Associated Press

Walt Havenstein uses "we" a lot: when he's talking about the partnership with his wife, Judy; when he recalls the "gang of 16" leaders at the defense contractor BAE Systems, where he was CEO; and when he talks about his 28-year Marine Corps career.

FILE - In Aug. 25, 2014 file this photo released by Thai Spokesman Office, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks  after he accepted a written royal command issued by King Bhumibol Adulyadej certifying his appointment as the country's 29th premier in Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand.  The general who transitioned from Thailand's junta leader to prime minister has awarded top posts in his Cabinet to senior military officials, in the latest move that critics say will prolong the military's grip on power. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's government lineup was announced Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. . (AP Photo/Thai Spokesman Office, File)

Thai junta leader stacks Cabinet with military men

- Associated Press

The general who transitioned from Thailand's junta leader to prime minister has awarded key Cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces, the latest in a series of moves that critics say will prolong the military's grip on power.