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WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama's strategy against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria fails -- the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he'd make a new recommendation "that may include the use of ground forces." Gen. Martin Dempsey told senators today that he would take that step if he believes U.S. advisers "should accompany Iraqi troops" in attacking specific targets held by the Islamic State group.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to multiple charges. He was sentenced this morning to 20 years in prison. Police say Michael Hill entered the school last year with a rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. He exchanged gunshots with police from inside the school before the bookkeeper persuaded him to surrender. No one was hurt in the gunfire.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through a far Northern California town, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. A state fire spokeswoman says the fire near the Oregon border is now 20 percent contained. The fire moved quickly after breaking out yesterday afternoon, and at least 1,500 people were forced to flee.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a new indication today that inflation remains under control. A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August. The government says wholesale gas prices fell 1.4 percent and food costs were down by one half of one percent.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court today hears arguments over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the state's U.S. Senate race will have to stay on the ballot. It's a dispute that could have a big effect on the Republicans' chances of recapturing a Senate majority. Democrat Chad Taylor said earlier this month that he wants off the ballot, but he didn't give an explanation. It seemed to set up a two-person race between three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent Greg Orman, who many believe has a chance to unseat Roberts head to head.
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