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LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to take part in airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Britain is expected to deploy Tornado fighters, which are in Cyprus — within striking distance of northern Iraq. It's a step urged by Prime Minister David Cameron, who says facing down terrorists has become a matter of urgency. Earlier today, Belgium and Denmark agreed to join the mission.
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago say it wasn't a terrorist act, but they say a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility this morning was intentionally set. A suspect identified as a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration was found in the building with a self-inflicted knife wound and taken to a hospital. The fire forced the evacuation of the control center in Aurora and halted all flights at Chicago's two airports. More than 850 flights have been canceled in Chicago. Some flights have now resumed.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Police are asking the FBI to look into the background of a man who was recently fired from a food processing plant in suburban Oklahoma City. They say the man stabbed two employees at the plant yesterday, killing one and wounding another. Police say the man severed one woman's head and was stabbing another woman when he was shot and wounded by the company's chief operating officer, who is a reserve sheriff's deputy.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas cancer researcher has been convicted of assault for poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. A Houston jury convicted Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo today. The same jury will now hear testimony in the trial's punishment phase before sentencing her.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Rainy weather is helping firefighters make significant progress in corralling one of Northern California's largest wildfires this year. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the King Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills is now 68 percent contained. The fire has burned more than 150 square miles near the town of Pollock Pines, east of Sacramento. More than 8,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which destroyed a dozen homes and once threatened as many as 12,000 other buildings.