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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight. In an interview airing today on "60 Minutes" on CBS, Obama says militants who had gone "underground" after being squashed in Iraq were able to reconstitute themselves amid the chaos of the Syrian civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says the United States may have "no choice" but to send ground troops to fight Islamic State militants. The Ohio Republican tells ABC's "This Week" that it will take more than airstrikes to destroy the extremists who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of al-Qaida's Syria affiliate says his fighters will "use all possible means" to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. And he's warning that the conflict will reach countries joining the alliance. Syrian rebels, activists and analysts have warned that targeting the Nusra Front will inject more chaos into the Syrian conflict and indirectly help the Assad government by striking one of its main adversaries.
MIAMI (AP) — Miami police are investigating a shooting at a Miami nightclub early today that left 15 people wounded by gunfire, including five girls between the ages of 11 and 17. At least one person was reported in critical condition but the extent of the other injuries isn't known. Investigators are going to hospitals interviewing witnesses.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A marijuana giveaway for veterans has attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel. The "Grow 4 Vets" giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications. The Gazette reports that veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible chocolate bar and seeds to grow plants.
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