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Lawmakers move toward approving rebel training...US might work with Iran...Escapee had pitchfork

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are rushing to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels. The House and Senate are looking to wrap up work Friday before a nearly two-month recess in preparation for November's midterm elections. The authorization being considered will likely be included as an amendment to a spending bill Congress must pass to keep the government open until mid-December. That would give lawmakers the opportunity to hold a separate debate and vote on the matter — something members of both parties want.

PARIS (AP) — The Obama administration still isn't ruling out working with Iran against a common enemy -- the Islamic State militant group. But Secretary of State John Kerry says the two nations won't coordinate on military action. He spoke after international diplomats met today in Paris, pledging to fight the militant group "by any means necessary."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says some consumers risk losing financial aid for their health insurance premiums unless they clear up lingering questions about how much they make. The Health and Human Services department says some consumers who got coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law reported income that doesn't match what the government has on record. Those who haven't submitted documentation to clear up the discrepancies have until the end of the month. If they don't, they would still have coverage -- but it would cost them much more.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will be launching a campus sexual assault awareness campaign -- with a focus on getting men involved in preventing those assaults. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce the campaign on Friday. Officials say it will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent -- but it will particularly target male students.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State troopers say the convicted Ohio school shooter who briefly escaped from prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured. They say T.J. Lane didn't threaten officers with the pitchfork and investigators haven't determined where Lane got the tool. Meanwhile, a state lawmaker said the prison where Thursday's escape occurred added extra razor wire to its fencing afterward.

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