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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a Senate vote in favor of arming and training Syrian rebels shows the world that Americans are united in combating the Islamic State group. The president spoke after the 78-22 vote for approval. Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State targets will continue. But he says U.S. troops will not have a combat role on the ground in Iraq or Syria.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some terrorism experts are questioning whether the group Islamic State had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign in Australia. Police there say they've thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by Islamic State supporters. Two of the 15 suspects arrested in raids in Sydney have been charged. Nine of those detained were freed.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting tomorrow while volunteers in the West African country conduct a house-to-house search for Ebola victims in hiding. The U.N. Security Council unanimously called the crisis "a threat to international peace and security." All countries are being encouraged to provide experts, field hospitals and medical supplies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border. Lawmakers did vote to boost spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers. Immigration advocates say more judges are needed to hear cases. They also say youth should be represented.
BELL, Fla. (AP) — Media outlets are reporting that a shooting in north Florida could involve multiple fatalities. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that it is investigating a shooting in the town of Bell. That's about 30 miles west of Gainesville.
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