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Hagel, Dempsey to testify about Islamic State group plan...Obama to send Ebola help...Kashmir health worry

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is getting both support and skepticism about his strategy to combat Islamic State extremists as top advisers visit Capitol Hill today. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Some lawmakers worry about plans to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels. Others wonder why there aren't airstrikes in Syria.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is focusing part of his attention on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa today. During a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he plans to announce the assignment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescue workers are rushing in medical aid, water pumps and purification systems in an effort to blunt a looming health crisis resulting from flooding that has engulfed much of Kashmir. Countless bloated livestock carcasses are now floating across the waterlogged region and doctors are seeing cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus among the population.

WEED, Calif. (AP) — A tiny town near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains finds itself even smaller today after a raging wildfire driven by fierce winds damaged or destroyed 100 homes, a church and a sawmill. At least 1,500 people fled the fire in Weed, which sits near the California-Oregon border. By Monday evening, winds had slowed and the fire was 15 percent contained.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says 11 insurgents and three soldiers have been killed in fighting that began with a militant attack from neighboring Afghanistan into the North Waziristan tribal region. The military has been carrying out a major offensive in the area against local and foreign militants since June 15. The army says Pakistan security forces repulsed the attack and captured one of the militants.

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