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No combat mission...Higher security in Times Square...Fed to keep rate low

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The leaders of the United States and Iraq are in agreement -- U.S. forces won't have a combat mission in Iraq. In an interview today, the new Iraqi prime minister said it isn't necessary for other countries to send troops into Iraq to help fight the Islamic State group. He said, "We don't want them. We won't allow them." And this afternoon, speaking at the headquarters of U.S. Central command in Florida, President Barack Obama said he won't commit U.S. troops to "another ground war in Iraq."

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have stepped up security in New York's Times Square, but insist that there's no information pointing to any terror plot against New York City. NYPD officials told reporters today that New Yorkers would see more patrols and other signs of heightened security in Times Square, the subways and other spots during the upcoming Jewish holidays and United Nations General Assembly.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. The Fed says it plans to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until it sees consistent gains in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other gauges of the job market.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says one of its staff members has contracted Ebola while working in Liberia and will be evacuated to France. The disease is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of the sick, leaving health care workers especially vulnerable to infection. The organization has more than 2,000 people working in the region, including 200 international workers.

DETROIT (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit police officer who unintentionally killed a 7-year-old girl during a hunt for a murder suspect in 2010. Opening statements are set for tomorrow. Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He's accused of handling his gun recklessly during a raid at a Detroit home. The victim was fatally shot while she slept on a couch. It's the second trial for Weekley, a member of an elite police unit. A jury last year couldn't reach a verdict.

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