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WASHINGTON (AP) — Several hours of debate are scheduled in the House Wednesday on taking on the terror group Islamic State. There is bipartisan support of the administration's plan to arm and train moderate rebels in Syria to battle the extremists. A vote could come later in the day. Lawmakers are anxious to get back to their districts for campaigning.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Its players are challenging the National Football League's indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice. He knocked out his then-fiancee while in a casino elevator in February. The NFL Players' Association says it is protecting the due process rights of all players. Rice was initially given a two-game suspension.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — There's been no let-up in the search in northeastern Pennsylvania for a survivalist suspected of shooting two state troopers last week, one of them fatally. More than 200 officers have been combing a wooded area for Eric Matthew Frein (freen). A state police official says Frein has made statements about wanting to kill officers and commit mass murder.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says a team of criminal justice researchers will conduct a three-year study of racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities. Attorney General Eric Holder says the experts will suggest strategies to address the problem nationally. The five cities have not yet been selected.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Service suggests that nearly 90 percent of some hospitals in the Northeast were not prepared to deal with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The study assessed 172 hospitals in the hardest-hit areas of New York, most of Connecticut and all of New Jersey. Problems cited included problems getting fuel and electrical failures.

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