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Battling Ebola...Voter-ID appeal...Nervous NFL sponsors

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called on the international community to send additional helpers, supplies and cash to battle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He has ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region. Among other things, they'll help build medical facilities. The epidemic has claimed at least 2,400 lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) — His response was to a hypothetical situation, but the nation's top military officer says American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says he'd make the recommendation if airstrikes and regional fighters aren't effective against Islamic State. The White House later repeated the administration's position: The president "will not" send forces into combat.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Civil rights advocates are appealing a ruling by a federal three-judge panel that reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law. Passed by Republican lawmakers in 2011, the law requires people to show certain government-issued photo ID at the polls to vote. Because of multiple challenges, the law has yet to be enforced.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. The space agency says it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russia. It has to pay Moscow $71 million per seat.

UNDATED (AP) — Three of the National Football League's biggest sponsors are expressing concern about their links to the league's handling of players accused of domestic violence and child abuse. Anheuser-Busch, Visa and Campbell Soup aren't pulling their ads but say they are concerned about recent developments. The NFL has been rocked by video of former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice knocking out his then finance and child abuse charges against the Minnesota Viking's Adrian Peterson. The NFL responded to the sponsors by saying it is taking action and that "there will be much more to come."

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