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House could vote Wednesday on arming Syrian rebels...Stopping the recruitment of US extremists...More evacuations near Philippine volcano



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House vote could come Wednesday on whether to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the militant group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. On Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey told Congress that American ground troops may be needed to battle militants if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails. But a White House spokesman quickly responded saying that wouldn't happen.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Justice Department says the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas. Authorities in Minnesota are investigating how a handful of people were recruited to travel to Syria and take up arms with militants. At least one Minnesota man has died, and some families fear their daughters have also gone overseas to take up the cause.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More villagers near the Philippines' most active volcano are being evacuated as huge lava fragments continue to roll down its slopes. Scientists in the Philippines have warned that a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon is possible within weeks. And they say that early Wednesday, the volcano was more active than it was the day before.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A weakened Tropical Storm Odile (oh-DEEL') is headed over the Gulf of California on a path toward Arizona. Forecasters say Odile is likely to hit hardest in the Tucson area Wednesday night, and Phoenix could get lashed with rain and heavy winds as well. In Mexico, military and commercial planes have been carrying travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which is still closed to commercial flights because of the damage caused by the storm.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" will be up for auction. It's one of the most recognizable bikes of all time. The auction house Profiles in History estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring between $1 million and $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale. The seller is Michael Eisenberg, a California businessman who once co-owned a Los Angeles motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and "Easy Rider" co-star Dennis Hopper.

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