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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that under certain circumstances he would recommend deploying ground forces to Iraq. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Senate panel today that the plan is for Americans to serve strictly as advisers and not get directly involved in fighting against Islamic State militants. But he says if Iraqi forces were to take on a complex mission to retake Mosul from the militants, he might want U.S. troops to accompany them.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy has told the Security Council that the agreement among Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations includes U.N. monitoring to ensure that construction materials won't be diverted from civilian to military uses. Robert Serry says the recent Gaza conflict destroyed or severely damaged some 18,000 houses, and 111 U.N. facilities were damaged. He says over 65,000 displaced Palestinians are still living in U.N. shelters.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A law enforcement official says Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in a shooting that killed one trooper and critically wounded another. The official says an arrest warrant will be issued soon, and police are looking for the suspect. The shooting occurred Friday night outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. State police plan a news conference this afternoon.
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New Yorker has been sentenced to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge in the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man. The accident happened in July of last year, two weeks before the wedding was to take place. Jojo John pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time. In court today, John told the victims' families that he'd give up his own life if it could bring them back.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park won't be renaming a roller coaster after LeBron James after all. Instead, it's forming a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation. The Sandusky park had promised to rename a coaster "King James" if the NBA star left Miami and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he did. But park officials say they and James have decided that partnering with the nonprofit will have a greater impact than renaming a ride. The park will hold a first-ride benefit auction next spring and host children involved with the foundation's programs next summer.
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