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Militant warning...House to act on Syrian rebel training...Arizonans brace for soaking

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 17, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group is warning the United States that it's ready for a fight. A new video says fighters await in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there. The 52-second video entitled "Flames of War" shows militants blowing up tanks, wounded U.S. soldiers and others about to killed. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says ground troops may be needed if current plans fail.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are expected today to authorize President Barack Obama to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants. The more hawkish members of both parties are still concerned that the response, along with air strikes, may not be enough. Republican leaders have swung behind Obama's request, though they're not pressuring the GOP rank and file to follow suit.

PHOENIX (AP) — Tucson and Phoenix are getting ready for a major soaking as the remnants of Tropical Storm Odile (oh-DEEL') barrel toward Arizona. The forecast calls for Tucson to get slammed with up to 5 inches, while Phoenix is expecting lesser amounts. Residents around the state have been busy sandbagging their property.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It happens every year, but this could be one of the bad years for toxic algae called "red tide' building in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. It covers an area stretching from about 5 to 15 miles off St. Petersburg to Florida's Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins. Fishermen are reporting fish kills and reddish water. Despite years of study, there's still no antidote.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir say some patients are already beginning to die due to a lack of basic medical equipment like oxygen. Doctors also say they're seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated with water two weeks ago. Hundreds of thousands are homeless and officials are concerned about a health crisis.

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