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US Navy ships to accompany US-flagged ships in Gulf

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy ships will begin accompanying U.S. commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday.
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Ex-US commander: Take nuke missiles off high alert

...more vulnerable to an unauthorized launch, including one resulting from a cyberattack," Gronlund said.___Follow Robert Burns on Twitter at
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In US-Japan talks, China is the elephant in room

...immeasurable pain and suffering beyond description," he said.___Lee reported from New York. Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Matthew Pennington in Washington and Philip Marcelo in Boston contributed to this report.
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Militants seize Iraqi villages near Ramadi

...Baghdad killed at least 43 people in the past two days.___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub, Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Vivian Salama in Baghdad and National Security writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.
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Major piece of anti-IS strategy is stalled

WASHINGTON - U.S. military and intelligence officials are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for political reconciliation in Iraq, a key tenet of the Obama administration's strategy to dislodge the Islamic State group and stabilize the country.
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US trained Alaskans as 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S.
Five US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

...their fate. He said all were from the southern province.? Quinn contributed from Cairo. Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.
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Pakistani activists accuse outed US spy of murder allocate $1.1 billion in Pakistan aid for fiscal year 2014.___Lara Jakes reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Asif Shahzad in Islamabad and Bradley Klapper and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.

...will provide a ship for that part of the task.Officials said they expect a final decision soon and the operation would begin by the end of the year.___Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.
Nuke troubles run deep; key officers "burned out"

...personal concern that's out there in all parts of the nuclear force, and that is: What's my future?"___Follow Robert Burns on Twitter at


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