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December 2, 2015 6:31 PM Islamic State’s statehood project lies in tatters

Under pressure from airstrikes and ground attacks, the jihadists are beginning to show the strain. After the Syrian government stopped paying him, a technician who had spent two decades pumping the country’s oil received an enticing offer: do the same work for the jihadists of the Islamic State — starting at three times the salary. He was soon helping 56

December 2, 2015 12:43 PM Russia says has proof Turkey main consumer of Islamic State oil

MOSCOW Russian Defence Ministry officials said on Wednesday that they had proof Turkey was the main consumer of Islamic State oil and that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family were involved in doing business with Islamic State. The officials, speaking at an event in Moscow, cited satellite imagery which they said showed oil tanker trucks heading 47

December 1, 2015 5:45 PM US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that over time, these special operators will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture Islamic 61

December 1, 2015 5:20 PM Toyota auto sales up 3% in November

Toyota's U.S. sales rose 3% in November, as the company's crossovers and sport-utility vehicles benefited from the industry-wide trend away from cars. Although Toyota has long been known for staples such as the Camry sedan, the Prius hybrid and the Corolla compact, the strong November performance underscores the company's balanced lineup of vehicles 49

December 1, 2015 2:24 PM Nissan auto sales rise 4% in November

Nissan Group's auto sales rose 4% in November, compared to the same month a year earlier, as customers rushed into crossovers, sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The performance, which beat Edmunds.com analyst expectations of 2% sales growth, came during an outstanding month for the U.S. auto industry. The company's Nissan brand recorded a 4% increase 49

December 1, 2015 1:17 PM Fiat Chrysler sees November U.S. auto industry sales up substantially

DETROIT U.S. auto industry sales will rise above 18 million vehicles on an annualized basis for November, continuing a pace for a record sales year in 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU.N) (FCHA.MI) said on Tuesday. Fiat Chrysler stretched its streak of consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains, reporting a 3 percent rise in November, based 61

December 1, 2015 7:38 AM The public relations battle getting in the way of fixing real problems in Syria

Who is aiding the Islamic State sale of oil that provides major financing for its terrorist operations? Disagreement between the United States, its allies and Russia has spotlighted a public relations war over Syria, along with the actual fighting on the ground and in the air. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Nov. 24, the day a Russian fighter-bomber 91

November 30, 2015 9:31 PM Laquan McDonald shooting: Chicago cop held on $1.5 million bail

Last week's release of a video showing the officer shooting Mr. McDonald 16 times has rocked Chicago, setting off protests and the shutdown of the University of Chicago over an online threat that appeared to be related to the shooting. A judge Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager last year by shooting 62

November 30, 2015 6:37 PM Traffic Watch: Roadwork resumes, traffic to be snarled on major roadways

Roadwork has resumed after the Thanksgiving holiday, hampering traffic on State Road 826, the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95 and Red Road in Hialeah. All southbound lanes on SR 826 will be closed at Northwest 25th Street in Doral Thursday and possibly Friday, as an alternate date, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. so a contractor can work on a viaduct 29

November 30, 2015 1:08 PM Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting returns to court Monday

A Chicago police officer facing a first-degree murder charge for shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is scheduled to return to Cook County court Monday to learn if bail will be set for his possible release or if he will be ordered to remain in custody. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been held without bail since Tuesday. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ruled he would 46