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Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014

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From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

WASHINGTON (AP) — He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor — starting with how to stay safe.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014

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House, Senate debate measures going nowhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — On both ends of the Capitol, the parties controlling Congress are happily showcasing futility.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014

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Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer's Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run schools housing displaced Palestinians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014

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Dad to be charged with murder in death of 5 kids

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man confessed to killing his five children, ages 1 to 8, then dumping their bodies wrapped in trash bags in a secluded clearing along a rural road in Alabama, authorities said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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Airstrikes in Syria? Obama outlining Mideast plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a high-stakes address to the nation Wednesday night, President Barack Obama planned to outline a broad expansion of the U.S. military role in combating extremists in Iraq and Syria, including a call for arming Syrian opposition forces and potentially launching airstrikes in both countries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested that the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week's referendum.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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