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House supports aid for Syrian rebels...Presidential pledge...Raging fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 17, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure that gives the Obama administration the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels to do battle against Islamic State has cleared the House on a vote of 273-156. Support and opposition were bipartisan. In all, 85 Democrats and 71 Republicans voted to deny President Barack Obama the authority he sought. The measure passed on the strength of 159 votes from Republicans and 114 from Democrats. Virginia Democrat Jim Moran, who voted in favor, called the plan the best of a long list of bad options.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Standing before an audience of troops, President Barack Obama has repeated his pledge that he won't launch another ground war in Iraq. Obama, speaking at Florida's MacDill Air Force Base, said U.S. troops will support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight against the extremist group Islamic State.

TORONTO (AP) — His doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a rare and difficult cancer that is spreading. Ford has been in the hospital for a week because of an abdominal tumor. He'll have to undergo chemotherapy. Ford gained notoriety last year when he admitted using crack cocaine during what he called a "drunken stupor." He dropped his re-election effort last week because of the health challenge.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — According to an arrest warrant, a South Carolina father who allegedly killed his five children says he thought his children were going to "kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs." Authorities Timothy Ray Jones Jr. put the bodies of the children, ages 1 to 8, in plastic bags and drove around for days before dumping them.

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of additional firefighters have been dispatched to a California wildfire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento. More than 2,500 personnel are battling the blaze. It has burned through nearly 29 square miles and threatens 500 homes. Meanwhile, officials studying the aftermath of yesterday's fire in the town of Weed, say 110 homes were destroyed and another 90 damaged.

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