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Homes threatened...House backs Obama Syria effort...Hurricane aftermath

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 17, 2014 at 9:50 p.m.



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WEED, Calif. (AP) — A California fire official says a wildfire burning east of Sacramento is "big and dangerous." It has burned nearly 44 square miles and is just 5 percent contained. Officials say about 2,500 firefighters are attempting to gain control and protect 2,000 homes and another 1,500 smaller structures that are threatened.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has voted to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels who are also battling the group Islamic State. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines. Seven weeks before the midterm elections, top Republican and Democratic leaders backed the plan. The vote came as President Barack Obama emphasized that American forces "will not have a combat mission."

PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL says it is reviewing aggravated assault charges filed Wednesday against Arizona Cardinals player Jonathan Dwyer. He was arrested Wednesday because of two incidents at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child. The arrest came on the say day the Minnesota Vikings reversed course and said they won't play running back Adrian Peterson, who faces child abuse charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts say there's little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging. And they say large studies are needed to support the continued use of those drugs in millions of American men. The drugs have grown into a multi-billion-dollar market -- as company promotions link low testosterone to a variety of ailments in older men.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Three days after Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') rolled through, locals and tourists in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos are still without electrical and water service. Looters stripped supermarkets of their food and other products, with some people fighting over goods. Mexico's government continues to fly stranded tourists out of the area.

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