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Senator wants to authorize ground troops in fight against IS...Peterson can't play for now...More rain expected for Arizona's desert region

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 17, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress decides whether to authorize the U.S. military training of moderate Syrian rebels to help fight the group Islamic State, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine plans to introduce a one-year authorization that would limit the engagement of American ground troops. The White House has said it "will not" send ground forces into combat. But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey told Congress Tuesday that American ground troops may be needed if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails.

PARIS (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says about half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to fight militants in the group Islamic State. Gen. Martin Dempsey says after assessing the strengths of the Iraqi security forces, about half of the 50 army brigades are too heavily weighted with Shiites to be part of a credible national force.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list. That means he'll have to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges. The Vikings initially had decided that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. He's charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

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. An attorney for the family says 17-year-old Bryce Masters is being treated for a lack of oxygen to the brain. The FBI is looking into whether excessive force was used when Masters was pulled over Sunday afternoon. Police say he was uncooperative and physically resisted getting out of the car, which had a warrant on the license plate. The car didn't belong to the teen.

PHOENIX (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile could swamp some areas of Arizona with 5 inches of rain Wednesday. It's the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks. The forecast calls for Tucson to get slammed with up to 5 inches, and lesser amounts for Phoenix. Residents have been placing sandbags around their homes as protection against floodwaters.

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