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Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

- Associated Press

The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

Astronaut's visit excites Ketchikan students

- Associated Press

It takes approximately eight minutes and 52 seconds for a shuttle carrying astronauts to the International Space Station to get to space, according to astronaut Steve Swanson, who visited Ketchikan earlier this month. A shuttle reaches speeds of 5 miles a second in breaching the earth's atmosphere.

Iraqi lawmaker slams US criticism of Iraqi military

- Associated Press

An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group.

What to watch: Crunch time calm; texting while driving bill

- Associated Press

The closing days of Texas' legislative session usually mean political chaos, with some lawmakers scrambling to finalize pet proposed legislation and others working just as hard to block bills they despise.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Associated Press

Authorities are investigating potential animal abuse on two farms where over 80 dead calves were found amid deplorable conditions, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document

- Associated Press

A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.