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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers to “show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat.” The …

Murfreesboro police were dispatched to Raider’s Ridge Apartments in reference to a burglary on Monday morning, according to the Murfreesboro Police Department. Upon arrival, officers were advised by the complainant, Taylor Morales, 22, that a “wall in the office had been burned on the surface” sometime between when the apartment office closed at eight on …

“It was my day off and I was just doing dad stuff,” said David Carson, staff photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the day that “blew-up (his) career.” Carson was shopping with his daughter on August 9, 2014 when he read tweets that 18-year-old Michael Brown had been shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by officer …

Murfreesboro police responded to a call in regards to shots fired on East Castle Street early Saturday morning, according to a police report. The responding officer observed a “silver four door sedan occupied by four black males” crossing Middle Tennessee Blvd. when he arrived on the scene at approximately 2:21 a.m. The back window “appeared …

by Tristan Jones // Contributing Writer MTSU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership hosted its annual Blue Raider Leadership Summit in the Student Union Building on Saturday morning. The event theme, “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” was intended to educate students on how to be effective leaders. “I had never thought about attending [Blue Raider …

The latest MTSU Poll found Tennesseans favor some, though not all, of several proposed abortion rules pending in the state Legislature. Meanwhile, the Jan. 25-27 poll of 600 randomly selected Tennessee adults found majority opposition to permitting same-sex marriage and to increasing Tennessee’s tax on gasoline. Ken Blake, director of the poll at Middle Tennessee State …