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WASHINGTON (AP) — As the House and Senate prepare to vote this week on President Barack Obama's request to train and equip forces that will fight against Islamic State militants, there's no sign of any organized resistance to the request. Still, some lawmakers say they doubt the plan is enough to defeat the militant group. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says there's a lot more than can be done -- but that there's no reason not to do what the president has suggested.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a mortar round fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time since the end of the Gaza war last month. The military says the explosion did not wound anyone or cause any damage. Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire in August that brought an end to the 50-day war.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met at the White House today with Dr. Kent Brantly, an American physician who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. He recovered after treatment with an experimental drug. Obama later today is visiting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He'll be announcing a stepped-up response to West Africa's Ebola crisis. It'll include sending 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region to supply medical and logistical support to health care systems.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are accusing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of being years late in detecting a deadly problem with GM cars. And the report says the agency doesn't have the expertise to regulate vehicles that are becoming increasingly complex. It says safety regulators should have discovered GM's faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the problem.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') is now a tropical storm, and it's continued to dump heavy rain as it's moved up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The rains could bring dangerous flash floods -- but could also provide relief for the drought-stricken region. Tens of thousands of tourists were stranded by the storm in temporary shelters in hotels.

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