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President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the recent airstrikes against ISIS Tuesday morning. | Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Obama on ISIS: 'This is not America's fight alone'

Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse, Nivia Huskey, before Nivia's military deployment in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. | AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital.

7 things to know about airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON — Bombing attacks against Islamic State militants started on Monday, with, according to the Pentagon's Central Command in Tampa, the U.S. partnering with five Arab nations: the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Also revealed on Tuesday: The U.S. thwarted an " imminent attack" against the U.S. and "Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa'ida veterans - sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in Syria."

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. could operate in Iraq and Syria under the "right of hot pursuit." | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Would U.S. have 'right of hot pursuit' in Syria?

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry told senators last week that a "right of hot pursuit" could provide a basis for military forces to move across the border between Iraq and Syria to strike at Islamic State militants. But does Kerry's legal theory — which has little grounding in international law — provide firm precedent for Monday night's massive U.S. airstrikes in Syria and for future military actions?

Obama guidance, schedule, Sept. 23, 2014 — Syria strikes, to UN

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Tuesday morning, hours after airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria started. Later, with first lady Michelle, the president departs for New York city for the United Nations General Assembly and fundraising to benefit the Senate Democrats.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

USS Arleigh Burke launches a Tomahawk cruise missile in the Red Sea early Tuesday. | Getty Images

Joint Chiefs chair: 'No safe haven' for militants

WASHINGTON — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests.

Future of teacher pensions on the ballot in Hinsdale

Hinsdale High School District 86 voters will weigh in Nov. 4 on whether high school teachers should get 6 percent raises in each of the last four years before retirement. The end-of-career raise question won’t have the force of law, but the outcome could sway practices statewide and the debate deserves more attention.

Congress didn't authorize war, but we're in one now in Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and allies started punching at Islamic State militants on Monday with airstrikes in Syria, days after Congress agreed to equip and train Syrian rebel forces and during the week when global leaders meet at the United Nations.

Antonio Smith, 9, was shot to death in August in Chicago. | Family photo

Why was man accused of killing Antonio Smith, 9, on the street?

Derrick Allmon, 19, had already been convicted for “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member” and was on parole. He served 21 months of a three-year sentence and was released on electronic monitoring in August. According to prosecutors, Allmon was allowed to leave his home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maybe the authorities thought he would find a job or attend classes during those hours. That was obviously wishful thinking.

Robin Williams in 2005. AFP PHOTO / FILES / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the shock of losing a popular actor and one-time neighbor. The news may have been about Williams, but Tengelsen’s thoughts turned to her brother, Dana.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a news conference addressing the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence, last week. (AP File Photo/Julio Cortez)

Concussions and domestic violence: study the link

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, by his own analysis has received justifiable criticism for the NFL’s incoherent policies on domestic violence, and for his own errors in the case of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back caught on video knocking out his wife. There are those who worry that the recent furor about domestic violence cases will get linked to the shocking reports that NFL players have a 30 percent chance of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Do repeated concussions — trauma of the brain — contribute to the outbursts of domestic violence?