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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is repeating the administration position that the president "will not" send ground forces into combat in the Mideast to take on Islamic State. A spokesman restated the position after the military's top soldier, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, told lawmakers today that it's possible American ground troops, not just airstrikes and advisers, may be needed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander says the U.S. should take the threat of the Ebola epidemic as seriously as the extremist group Islamic State. He's among lawmakers who favor U.S. intervention in the outbreak, which has killed at least 2,400 people. President Barack Obama has ordered 3,000 troops to West Africa to help with logistics such as building treatment clinics. The president says the outbreak is spiraling out of control.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Doctors are trying to awaken a suburban Kansas City teenager who was put in a medically induced coma after a police officer critically injured him with a stun gun during a traffic stop on Sunday. The family of Bryce Masters says he's being treated for a lack of oxygen to the brain. The family contacted the FBI to investigate whether excessive force was used. The teen's father is a police officer.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — The number of structures damaged or destroyed in the wildfire that swept through the California lumber town of Weed has climbed to 150. A significant number are houses. Three firefighters are among the newly homeless. The intense blaze erupted yesterday south of Weed. Winds gusting up to 40 mph pushed the flames into town.
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government has started to airlift tens of thousands of stranded tourists who can get out of Los Cabos Airport because of damage caused Sunday and Monday by Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). They're being flown free of charge to airports in Tijuana, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Mexico City to catch connecting flights. Foreigners are also being given consular assistance.
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