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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Attorney General Eric Holder who resigned today. Obama calls Holder "the people's lawyer" and credits him with driving down crime and incarceration rates. Holder will stay in office until a successor is confirmed. Senate Republicans indicate they're preparing for a confirmation fight after years of battles with Holder.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans the government believes is fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria is almost one-tenth the number cited by government officials and lawmakers for months. The FBI director says some 12 Americans are thought to be fighting in Syria. He says more than 100 Americans have either tried to go to Syria and were arrested, or went and came back to the U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) — French and American officials say they have no information about an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris. Iraq's prime minister said today that captured Islamic State militants told Iraqi intelligence agents about the plot. A senior Obama administration official says the claim was never brought up in meetings with Iraqi officials this week in New York.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire that's threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. The huge fire burning east of Sacramento has grown to nearly 150 square miles but containment has increased to 43 percent. Officials say the blaze could still spread when the rain stops.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A rifle used in the 1966 sniper rampage at the University of Texas that left 16 people dead and dozens more wounded is being sold in an online auction. Bids are starting at $25,000 for a Remington 700 that Charles Whitman used to shoot from the top of a clock tower on the campus in Austin. Bids are being accepted on the website of Texas Gun Trader.

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