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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising today's House vote that grants him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. Obama says the vote shows there's bipartisan support for a critical component of his strategy to confront Islamic State extremists, who have seized territory in Iraq and Syria. Final approval in the Senate is expected tomorrow.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police are detaining 15 people in a major counterterrorism operation. They say intelligence indicated a violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. The arrests come just days after the country lifted its terror warning to the second-highest level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago has been executed. Lisa Coleman is the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she's only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume.

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Officials now say a wildfire that tore through a Northern California town destroyed about 110 homes and damaged another 90. They had previously said the blaze damaged or destroyed more than 150 structures in Weed. The revised totals came today as state fire personnel conducted a house-to-house assessment.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years after the first really nice car Ivan Schneider ever owned disappeared from in front of his New York City building, the Jaguar convertible is coming home. Running a routine check at the Port of Long Beach, the California Highway Patrol discovered the 1967 Jaguar XKE was stolen but was on a cargo ship to Europe. The car has since been brought back to the U.S.

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