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Diplomats pledge to fight Islamic State...Justice Department will try to spot American extremists...19 claims

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — No country is offering any ground troops, and the United States so far has been alone in carrying out airstrikes -- but diplomats from 24 countries are pledging to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary, including military assistance." At the conference in Paris that ended in that pledge today, France's president said, "The threat is global, and the response must be global."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The goal of a new Justice Department effort is to spot American extremists who are intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq. A series of pilot programs will be launched in cities around the country -- though officials aren't saying which cities. The effort will involve religious leaders, prosecutors and community representatives.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says it has pulled peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights. It's because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters. The U.N. force has patrolled a buffer zone between Syria and Israel since 1974. But the spillover from the Syrian war has led to the abduction of peacekeepers four times in the past year and a-half.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Baja Peninsula has taken a pounding from Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') overnight. At luxury resorts, the facades have been ripped away, and countless car and hotel windows have been shattered. Some of the hotel lobbies were left swamped and full of debris. Across the region, people hunkered inside overnight to ride out the storm. In one hotel, guests moved from a makeshift shelter into crowded basement storage areas after the boarded-up windows failed.

DETROIT (AP) — The man who's evaluating claims for compensation involving faulty ignition switches on GM vehicles has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, the compensation expert who was brought in by the company to examine the claims, has received 125 death claims stemming from the faulty switches. He says the others remain under review, or require further documentation.

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