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House vote coming on Syria plan...Fed wants more improvement...Arizonans fill sandbags

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote may be closer than he'd like -- but President Barack Obama's plan to help Syrian rebels fight against Islamic State militants is expected to win House approval today. Republican leaders in the House and Senate are supporting Obama's request, though they are not pressuring other Republicans to follow suit. There's also opposition from some Democrats who oppose resuming a war in Iraq that the United States left three years ago. Obama said again today that he doesn't plan to send U.S. troops into actual combat.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is looking for more improvement in the economy. Policy-makers today signaled that they'll be keeping a key interest rate at a record low for a while longer, because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. Specifically, they want to see improvements in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other measures.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Police say the suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks in eastern Pennsylvania belonged to a "military simulation unit" whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe. A police spokesman says Eric Frein (freen) "appears to have assumed that role in real life." Hundreds of law enforcement officials are looking for Frein. He is charged with killing one trooper and injuring another outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday. State police call Frein a survivalist who's armed and very dangerous.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — People across Arizona have been rushing today to fill up sandbags, to protect their homes against flooding. Rain from a Pacific storm -- the former Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') -- has started falling on Arizona. Forecasters expect Tucson to get drenched with up to five inches. Phoenix is also expected to get soaked, but with lesser amounts.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia -- searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple -- have had an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users. The online detectives tracked down a photo of the young men and women at a restaurant, and helped match names to faces -- partly by using Facebook to find people who had "checked in" at the restaurant. A defense lawyer says some of the suspects will turn themselves in for questioning. One police official tweeted that he'll "take a couple thousand Twitter detectives over any one real detective any day."

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