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Rushing for Syria vote...Islamic State targeted...Help for stranded tourists

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers anxious to get back home for this fall's elections could vote as early as Wednesday on a proposal to offer aid and training to Syrian rebels doing battle with the group Islamic State. The House Rules Committee has voted to have six hours of debate on the amendment, once it is taken up. The Senate is expected to follow after a House vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say a Monday airstrike coordinated with Iraqi ground troops is an example of the expanded fight proposed against the extremist group Islamic State. U.S. warplanes went to the aid of Iraqi security forces being attacked by enemy fighters southwest of Baghdad. Officials say a second strike, near Sinjar, destroyed six vehicles belonging to militants.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials are blaming pro-Russia separatists for shelling that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk (dah-NETSK'). It's the worst reported violence since a cease-fire took effect on Sept. 5.

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. Radisson, which is based in Minnesota, says it takes the matter "very seriously." Peterson is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch. He said it's the same form of punishment he received from his father.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — There's good news for about 30,000 tourists left stranded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, by Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). The Mexican government said in a statement tonight that army and commercial planes would be sent to La Paz and Los Cabos airports to get tourists out of the area. The Category 3 hurricane caused extensive damage to hotels and neighborhoods, and roads.

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