• Dempsey says Iranian hand in Iraq could turn out well

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State group from the northern city of Tikrit could turn out to be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions, the top U.S. general said Tuesday. The statement by Gen. Martin Dempsey,...

  • Judge asked to delay medical marijuana permit in Kankakee

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge heard arguments Tuesday from a Chicago company that failed to win a permit to grow medical marijuana and then filed a lawsuit claiming the Illinois Department of Agriculture broke its own rules and is hiding behind a secretive process. Judge Kathleen...

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. "I think we're all kind of frustrated," said Stephen Morse, a...

  • Bill financing research building gets final legislative OK

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to reopening the state's two-year budget to supply taxpayer money for a new medical research building at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of increasing efforts to combat high disease rates plaguing...

  • CBS hires Rick Neuheisel away from Pac-12 Network

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has hired former UCLA coach and Pac-12 Network analyst Rick Neuheisel to be a studio analyst on its Saturday college football pregame show. The network announced Tuesday that Neuheisel, who had been working as an analyst for the Pac-12 Network, will appear on...

  • Ex-Auburn quarterback Marshall trying to find NFL home

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nick Marshall is willing to play anywhere in the NFL. Offense, defense or special teams, he just wants to be in the league. So, he spent Auburn's pro day Tuesday throwing passes, displaying his athletic ability in defensive back drills and fielding punts. It's the...

  • Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw with team in slide

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke huddle with a chant of "1-2-3 ... Six weeks," interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour. Brian Shaw didn't even make it that far. The first-time head coach was fired after 1½ seasons on Tuesday, with the...

  • US pushes back on Venezuela's order to slash embassy staff

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States on Tuesday pushed back against Venezuela's demand for a dramatic cut in the American diplomatic mission in Caracas. During a rare meeting Monday with the top American diplomat in Caracas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez gave the U.S. two...

  • Central America proposes security initiatives on Biden trip

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central American leaders are proposing security and other reforms during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is promising an overhaul this year of the country's national police, an institution that has been accused...

  • AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, while the U.S.-led coalition has remained on the sidelines. The campaign for Tikrit is a dress rehearsal...

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