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Joining the fight...Resentencing in teacher rape controversy...Growing epidemic

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 26, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — Six F-16 fighter jets from Belgium could be available Saturday for missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Belgium, Denmark and Britain all joined the U.S.-led coalition against the militants on Friday. The European countries will only participate in missions in Iraq. The U.S. and its five Arab partners starting conducting airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has been brought back from Texas to Charlottesville, Virginia. Leroy Matthew Jr., was arrested in Galveston and is being held without bond on an abduction charge. Hannah Graham, a sophomore, hasn't been seen since Sept. 13.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A different judge has resentenced a Montana teacher who was initially given a one-month jail sentence in a student rape case. Stacey Dean Rambold was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. Rambold pleaded guilty last year to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent in the 2007 rape of 14-year-old Cherice Moralez. The original judge was censured, suspended and is stepping down because he partially blamed the victim, who committed suicide.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A mosquito-borne illness that causes excruciating pain has infected more than 1 million people in the Caribbean, and now on the Central and South American mainland. It's called chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh), is usually not fatal, but causes its sufferers days of pain and misery. There have been a few locally transmitted cases in the U.S., all in Florida.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — West Hollywood's Sunset Strip is soggy. A water-main break has sent churning, muddy water flowing down the busy street, forcing a closure of a section. Hotels and businesses have scrambled to stay dry. At its peak, the break spewed 9,600 gallons of water per minute. The break occurred in a 36-inch steel, riveted pipe that was constructed in 1916.

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