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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain is a walking contradiction.
One minute he's antagonizing President Barack Obama over foreign policy. The next he's cooperating with the Democrat on immigration and the budget.
So who is the real McCain? Is he friend or foe?
The two-time presidential candidate and five-term senator says he's been consistent all along. He dismisses the short-hand interpretations that label him a brave maverick or grumpy old man as missing the mark.
AP IMPACT: COMBAT STRESS FELT FAR FROM FRONT LINES
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AP) -- They may never come face to face with a Taliban insurgent, never dodge a roadside bomb or take fire, but they still may be responsible for taking lives or putting their own colleagues in mortal danger. And now the military has begun to grapple with the mental and emotional strains endured by these Air Force personnel.
While they are thousands of miles from the gritty combat in Afghanistan, the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking its own special toll on their lives.
Now, for the first time, an Air Force chaplain and a psychologist are walking the floor of the operations center at Langley, offering counseling and stress relief to the airmen who scrutinize the war from afar.
MODEST QUAKE SHAKES WIDE AREA OF S. CALIFORNIA
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- A modest but widely felt earthquake rolled through a wide swath of Southern California late Monday morning but there were no immediate reports of damage.
The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, said Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology's seismological laboratory in Pasadena. He said a number of aftershocks were occurring.
The epicenter was about a dozen miles from the Riverside County desert community of Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The temblor, which occurred at a depth of eight miles, was felt sharply in the local area and caused a swaying or rolling motion in Los Angeles and San Diego as well as in Orange and San Bernardino counties.
CARDINALS COUNT DOWN TO CONCLAVE WITH FINAL TALKS
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- On the eve of their conclave to select a new pope, cardinals held their final debate Monday over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager to clean up the Vatican or a pastor to inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.
The countdown underway, speculation has gone into overdrive about who's ahead in the papal campaign.
Will cardinals choose Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, an Italian with serious intellectual and managerial chops who hasn't been tainted by the scandals of the Vatican bureaucracy?
Or has Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Capuchin monk from Boston who has charmed the Italian media worked the same magic on fellow cardinals?
Most cardinals already knew Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet since he heads a powerful Vatican office. But maybe over the past week they've gotten a chance to hear him sing - he has a fabulous voice and is known for belting out French folk songs.
Whoever it is, there were strong indications that plenty of questions remained about the state of the church and the best man to lead it heading into Tuesday's conclave: Not all the cardinals who wanted to speak were able to Monday, and the cardinals were forced to take a vote about continuing the discussion into the afternoon.
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