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Obama returns to the quagmire he exited in Iraq

For three years, President<p>Obamahas declared himself the man who closed the door on a dark decade of U.S. war in Iraq. Now he has opened the door again.<p>Other than insisting no U.S. combat troops will return to Iraq, Obama's advisors outlined few clear limits and no definitive end to America's latest …

Rockets, airstrikes after Gaza war truce collapses

JERUSALEM (AP) — Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops.<p>A day after the end of a temporary truce, …

Obama: We won't be dragged into another war

President Obama said Saturday that airstrikes in Iraq will continue for as long as necessary to protect both U.S. personnel and religious minorities who are trapped on a mountain by militants in northern Iraq.<p>"I'm not going to give a particular timetable," Obama said at the White House shortly …

Hawaii largely dodges one-two storm punch

Tourists in much of Hawaii got on with their vacations while voters went to the polls in a rare Saturday primary in the wake of downgraded Tropical Storm Iselle.<p>But residents in some rural areas of the Big Island of Hawaii faced their second day without electricity while officials worked to clear …