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Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left,  talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Michele Flournoy emerges as front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that while Iran is currently keeping up its end of the nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions, more work is ahead. (Associated Press)

Obama extension for Iran talks gives GOP opening to seek new sanctions

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran.

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Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

Associated Press

Alaska's incoming attorney general vows his first order of business will be reviewing both the status of the lawsuit that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage and a National Guard scandal that rocked the previous administration.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry address the media after the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months. The move gives both sides breathing space to work out an agreement but may be badly received by domestic sceptics, since it extends more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear prowess. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

- Associated Press

Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security

Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defense Department and the United States on a stronger course toward stability and security.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The U.S. and five other nations trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran are turning away from attempting to reach an agreement by deadline and have started internal discussions on extending the talks, diplomats said Sunday. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, pool)

The US-Iran differences that blocked a nuke deal

- Associated Press

Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table.

Britain's Home Secretary Teresa May speaks during the counter-terrorism awareness week conference at the Royal United Services Institute in  London  Monday Nov. 24, 2014.  British authorities are outlining a new set of counterterrorism measures, including a ban on insurance companies reimbursing ransom payments. The bill to be outlined Monday by Home Secretary Theresa May reinforces Britain's long-held position that there should be no ransom payments to terrorists because payments to groups such as Islamic State merely place more people at risk. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers

- Associated Press

Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms.

Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king

- Associated Press

A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.

Georgia emergency management head replaced

- Associated Press

The head of Georgia's emergency management agency has been demoted to a deputy position, months after becoming the public face of the state's weak response to a January snowstorm that trapped motorists on highways in metro Atlanta for hours.

This undated handout photo provided by The Veterans Affairs Department, shows Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.   Helman was fired Monday, nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the Phoenix facility since February 2012.  Best quality available.   (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)

VA fires Phoenix hospital director

- Associated Press

The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.