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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel today that the Islamic State militant group is not organized. He said the strikes will degrade the group. Joining Dempsey was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who defended Obama's strategy. Hagel said the fight will not be easy or brief.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel is raising questions about the ability of the government's auto safety agency to keep the public safe, as cars become more complex. The panel determined that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should have discovered the faulty ignition switches in GM cars seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the problem. The report says the agency misunderstood how vehicles worked, and failed to share information.

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes as the U.N. health agency says the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in March. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2,400 people across West Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea the hardest-hit countries. President Barack Obama is expected to announce later today that the United States will be sending 3,000 American troops to help provide aid amid the crisis.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling in early trading, ahead of an important Federal Reserve meeting. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting today, and many investors expect the central bank to indicate that it is moving closer to raising its key interest rate as the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed has held the rate close to zero for more than five years, which has helped the stock market surge.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition. Police say an officer used a stun gun on Bryce Masters of Independence yesterday afternoon. They say Masters was uncooperative and that he physically resisted after he was stopped because the car he was driving had a warrant attached to it. The FBI's Kansas City office will investigate whether the officer used excessive force.

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