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National & World Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer
A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.
National & World Islamic militants holding U.S. woman hostage in Syria
The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.
National & World Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments
Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country's current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival militias.
National & World Calif. earthquake's timing left many fumbling in dark Calif. earthquake's timing left many fumbling in dark
A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture and sparked fires.
National & World Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US
Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
National & World Army: Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself
An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.