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WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of American forces will be moving into West Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help treat Ebola victims. That's according to the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops. The U.S. military commander and a small team have arrived in Liberia to do initial assessments.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressional measure authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The legislation also provides funding for the government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30, eliminating any threat of a shutdown in the run-up to November elections.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who admitted fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student inside a crowded classroom has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. Prosecutors say Cody Cousins shot the classmate five times and cut him 19 times. Cousins today told a judge he lied about being mentally ill.

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. It's called enterovirus 68. Federal health officials say 160 lab-confirmed cases were reported in the 22 states. The newest states are California, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington. The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties.

NEW YORK (AP) — He admits he and players have made recent mistakes, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't plan to step down as some have suggested. Goodell was short on specifics but says the league intends to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. It was his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence.

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