As ISIS appears to be gaining ground in Iraq, there seems to be a lack of a grand strategy coming out of the White House. The low hum of drone warfare, as opposed to coordinated decisive victories like in Irbil, creates a greater potential for feeding ISIS' propaganda machine. The United States must think more comprehensively than a military intervention.
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John Heaney was a political reporter for United Press when he was allowed to accompany the governor of Oklahoma, Raymond Gary, to a meeting with President Harry Truman. After small talk, Truman asked Gary if he remembered when Truman's campaign train had made a prolonged stop in Oklahoma City.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Security officials in Afghanistan say militants have carried out two attacks just ahead of the country's presidential inauguration.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Led by a couple of their hottest hitters, the Los Angeles Dodgers banged out 16 hits in a final tuneup before the postseason.
WASHINGTON (AP) - How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantanamo Bay military commission process.
In a week where the golf, volleyball and soccer teams of The Master's College squared off against some of the top teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference, the Mustangs posted results that turned heads on the national level.
The duo might be listed as the No. 2 team on the Valencia Vikings girls tennis doubles roster, but it very well could be the No. 1 reason the Vikings are 9-0 and listed atop the latest CIF-Southern Section Division II rankings.
After 21 years of leadership under the now-retired Pavil Matustik, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Services Agency selected a 20-year veteran of the school food services industry to take his place.
Official voter information guides are arriving in the mail around the Santa Clarita Valley, and sample ballots are coming close on their heels, with just five weeks remaining before the statewide general election Nov. 4.
Box City was a boom town this weekend as close to 300 participants in the annual cause chose to be homeless for a night, according to event organizers.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel on Sunday en route to the United Nations in New York, saying he will refute "all of the lies directed at us" with regard to Israel's recently concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say passengers were ordered off a plane in Los Angeles and a bomb squad was called over a piece of luggage with wires sticking out that belonged to a crew from a reality television show.
JERUSALEM (AP) - It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
LOS OSOS (AP) - A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock, a statement from his representative confirmed Sunday.
When the New Year arrives, it's out with the old as far as the family Christmas tree is concerned - an easy task thanks to Santa Clarita Valley trash haulers.
CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) - Five people died Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating a hoax bomb threat made against a JetBlue flight that landed in Long Beach.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.
"We aren't going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options. As we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen."
In 1941 America was at peace while other significant parts of the world were embroiled in World War II. That is until December 7, 1941; "A date which will live in infamy" said then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he asked Congress for a declaration of war.
The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The nephew of the former owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team has died following a fiery sports car crash on Christmas Eve.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country's precarious public finances.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'