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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected to vote today on a measure to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels who are battling militants with the Islamic State group. The House approved the measure yesterday in a vote of 273-156.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials say the plan by supporters of the Islamic State group was to carry out random beheadings in Sydney and videotape the attacks. But officials say the plot was thwarted when 15 people were taken into custody during about a dozen raids today. Australia's attorney general says a person born in Afghanistan who had spent time in Australia had ordered Islamic State supporters to carry out the beheadings.

LONDON (AP) — A British nurse who recovered from Ebola is now sharing his blood with an American patient. Britain's Foreign Office says William Pooley caught Ebola while working in Sierra Leone. He recovered in London. The American patient who's receiving Pooley's blood hasn't been identified, but doctors are hoping the blood's antibodies will help the patient recover.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Officials in Nigeria say the death toll from last Wednesday's collapse of a church guest house near Lagos (LAY'-gohs) has climbed to 80. And rescue workers are still searching for more victims at T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations. South African officials say 67 of their citizens died.

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