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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated star running back Adrian Peterson, three days after benching him because he was facing a child-abuse charge in Texas. The team's owners say they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future. Peterson was deactivated for yesterday's loss to the New England Patriots after he was charged with striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says three women who are experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams today saying the advisers will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault." Goodell has been under heavy criticism over his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice.
PARIS (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he won't shut the door on the possibility of working with Iran against a common enemy, the Islamic State militant group. He says it's not clear how the U.S. and Iran might work together, but they won't coordinate on military action. Kerry also ruled out coordinating with the Syrian government. He spoke to reporters after international diplomats met in Paris today and pledged to help fight the militants "by any means necessary, including military assistance."
BAGHDAD (AP) — A new school year has started in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is now under the control of Islamic State extremists. Unlike years past, there's no art or music, and no classes about history, literature or Christianity. The militants have banned patriotic songs as blasphemous and ordered certain pictures to be torn out of textbooks. In response, residents say pupils aren't showing up. One man says he and his wife are home-schooling their children to ensure that they "continue receiving knowledge correctly."
DENVER (AP) — A fire in a school chemistry lab in Denver has left four students with burns. Authorities say at least one had serious injuries. The fire set off school alarms, prompting an evacuation, but fire officials say the fire apparently burned itself out and didn't spread beyond the lab. The cause is under investigation. Students have returned to classes.
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