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Battle plan needs Arab support...Yemen prime minister resigns amid fighting...Wells running dry

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs says the success of the military campaign plan against the Islamic State group depends on getting more Arab help. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says the still-evolving plan calls for attacking extremist positions in Iraq from several directions simultaneously. Dempsey calls Arab participation in the U.S.-led coalition a prerequisite for President Barack Obama's approval of the military campaign plan.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's official news agency says the country's prime minister has resigned. The decision follows days of violence that have left more than 140 dead in the capital and prompted thousands to flee their homes. Military officials say Shiite rebels have taken control of a key military base and Iman University in Sanaa. The university is seen as a bastion of Sunni hard-liners and a recruitment hub for militants.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have lifted a shelter-in-place order in the northeastern Pennsylvania community where police have focused the search for a gunman who killed a trooper nine days ago in an ambush at a state police barracks. Police have identified the suspect as Eric Frein (freen), who they describe as a self-taught survivalist with a grudge against police. They are warning residents in the area to keep doors locked and their yards well-lit.

EAST PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say hundreds of wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water. A Tulare (too-LAYR'-ee) County spokeswoman says wells sustaining about 290 families in East Porterville are depleted while many more throughout the farming region are empty. California is locked in its third year of drought.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Maven spacecraft is on track to reach Mars tonight, following a journey spanning 10 months and 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will slip into Martian orbit for a year or more of atmospheric study. It's designed to circle the planet, not land. Scientists believe the Martian atmosphere holds clues as to how Earth's neighbor went from being warm and wet billions of years ago to cold and dry.

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