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War Loot: Islamic State militants rummage through a cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. The weapons were meant to supply Kurdish forces battling the extremist group in Kobani, Syria, but "now they are spoils for the mujahedeen," one militant said. (Associated Press)

Islamic State among ‘best-funded’ terrorist groups on earth: Treasury Dept.

- The Washington Times

With the exception of a handful of state-sponsored militant groups, the Islamic State is likely the “best-funded terrorist organization” Washington has ever confronted, raising roughly $1 million a day from black market oil sales, $20 million in ransoms over the past year and millions a month through extortion rackets in Syria and Iraq, the Treasury Department’s top official tracking terrorist financing said Thursday.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, where he spoke about the shootings in Canada and answered questions about Ebola. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House denies covert plan to issue millions of green cards

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s spokesman laughed off as “crazy” Wednesday reports that the Homeland Security Department is preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country by ordering enough paper to print as many as 5 million “green” cards annually.

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FILE -  In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, the parents of Sahra Ali Mehenni : Kamel Ali Mehenni, right, and  Severine Ali Mehenni, looks at photos of their daughter in their living room in Lezignan Corbieres, southern France. At age 17, Sahra Ali Mehenni went so far as to ask her mother to get her a passport, saying she wanted her paperwork in order before she reached adulthood. When she left for Syria on March 11, departing from the Marseille airport just as the teen boy did, she took her burgundy-bound passport and nobody stopped her before she boarded the flight to Istanbul. (AP Photo/Fred Scheiber, File)

For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

- Associated Press

The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.

Cyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies

Associated Press

The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday.

Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

- Associated Press

The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, greets Republican challenger Scott Brown before a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Elizabeth Frantz, Pool)

Shaheen, Brown meet for 3rd debate for US Senate

- Associated Press

Picking up where they left off, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown on Thursday used their latest debate to again emphasize their differences on immigration, the Islamic State group, Ebola and their efforts to help small businesses.

Rubio discusses immigration in New Hampshire stop

- Associated Press

About 40 New Hampshire residents got a taste of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's views on immigration and combating homegrown terrorism Thursday - views they might hear more of if the Florida senator decides to run for president in 2016.

Spokane VA doctor accused of child rape

Associated Press

Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape.

China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

Associated Press

China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month.

Zinke seeking quick release of military record

- Associated Press

Facing mounting pressure, Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke said Thursday he is working to find and release a missing military record before the Nov. 4 election.

Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US

- Associated Press

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.