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House vote expected on arming Syrian moderate rebels...Obama heads to US Central Command...1 day before Scotland's independence vote



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UNDATED (AP) — House lawmakers are expected today to approve President Barack Obama's plan for U.S. soldiers to train and provide weapons to Syrian moderate rebels in the fight against the group Islamic State. Meanwhile, the militant group has released a video, warning the United States that if Obama sends troops to Iraq, the Islamic State will be waiting.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The president travels to the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida today to consult with military officials about the counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. He also plans to meet with representatives from the countries that fall within the responsibility of the Central Command as he pushes for international participation in the fight. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to join the president.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Select Committee on Benghazi is using its first open hearing today to focus on what the Obama administration has done since the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. It's unclear whether the panel will look at allegations that U.S. forces were directed not to respond and that administration officials lied about the nature of the attack.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Excitement and anxiety are mounting in Scotland, a day before citizens head to the polls to vote on their independence from the United Kingdom. The gravity of the imminent decision is hitting home as political leaders make their passionate final speeches today. Campaigner Roisin McLaren says she "can almost taste" independence. Cathy Chance, who works for Britain's National Health Service in Edinburgh (EH'-dihn-bur-uh), says she'll leave Scotland if it becomes independent.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio prosecutors are reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against a group of teens accused of duping a boy with autism who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." The teens dumped a mixture of urine and tobacco on the 15-year-old boy in a videotape that gained national attention. An attorney for one of the juveniles says in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the boys were not aware that the 15-year-old had autism, and they had been playing pranks on each other over the summer.

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