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SYDNEY (AP) — Supporters of the Islamic State group may have been planning to carry out beheadings -- in Australia. Police there say they've thwarted that plot, in raids at more than a dozen locations across Sydney. They're holding six people, and have identified the person they believe is the ringleader. Australia's prime minister says there was information that the group was planning to behead a random person in Sydney -- as a "demonstration" killing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats who aren't willing to go along with President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants are concerned that the strategy will backfire. They say the rebels may not end up to be a dependable U.S. ally. But even without the support of dozens of Democrats, the proposal won House approval yesterday. The Senate is expected to approve it today.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Searchers are trying to find a Central Texas sheriff's deputy who has been missing since she reported her patrol vehicle was swamped during storm-related flooding. The Travis County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was patrolling low water crossings in the Austin area before dawn today. She radioed to say she was being swept away in the water. Searchers found her submerged patrol car minutes later. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Thursday night for the Austin area amid street flooding.

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire that is threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California is showing explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres. State fire officials say the fire east of Sacramento has burned through 111 square miles -- up from 44 square miles yesterday, when it forced additional evacuations. It's only five percent contained. Fire crews might get some help from the weather today, with the forecast calling for higher humidity and the possibility of rain.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. The number of people believed to have been killed is now more than 2,600, an increase of roughly 200 from the last estimate. Most deaths have been in Liberia.

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