President Barack Obama says the United States has not yet
developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria,
an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on
whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.
A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move
erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death
Valley finally emerged today, when researchers published a
study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven
Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern
California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from
a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to
Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.
Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters
have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing
Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group
monitoring the Syrian conflict says.
An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war is holding as as
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces strong criticism in
Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in
which no clear victor has emerged.
State scientists and officials are warning some residents of
Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by
a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a
forest preserve toward their neighborhood.