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PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says time is of the essence as he opens an international conference today intended to establish a global strategy to blunt the Islamic State militant group. France says it has reconnaissance jets ready to fly, and an American official says several Arab countries have offered to help with air strikes.

BERLIN (AP) — A 20-year-old German man is going on trial in Frankfurt, accused of being a member of the extremist Islamic State group. Days earlier, Germany banned Islamic State symbols and any propaganda activity. Prosecutors allege that the defendant traveled to Syria, where he fought with the extremists before returning to Germany five months later.

PARIS (AP) — Air France is telling passengers today it can only guarantee about 48 percent of its flights due to a pilots' strike, and that they should look for alternatives. At least half of Air France flights have been canceled. The weeklong strike is over shifts of jobs and operations to a low-cost carrier.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is turning into much more than a struggle between so-called "haves" and "have nots." The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else is putting the squeeze on state government balance sheets at a time when raising taxes is politically risky. A report by Standard & Poor's says the income of the wealthy is accelerating, and can usually be shielded from taxes. Meanwhile, worker income barely keeps pace with inflation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been 150 years in the making, but a Union Army officer who was killed in 1863 while standing his ground against Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg is finally getting a Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama is bestowing the award today on 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing. Congress granted an exemption to the two-year time limit for a recommendation. It did the same for two Vietnam War veterans, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and the late Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

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