WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his first priority is degrading extremists who are threatening Iraq and the West even if the military campaign against the Islamic State group and an al-Qaida affiliate is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. But Obama tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that "We are not going to stabilize Syria under the rule of Assad."
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says it'll take more than airstrikes to destroy the Islamic State group. And he says he doesn't believe Obama's strategy will accomplish that goal. Boehner tells ABC the U.S. may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight. He says, "if we don't destroy them first, we're gonna pay the price."
UNDATED (AP) — Federal investigators say a tractor-trailer that collided with a bus and killed four members of a Texas community college women's softball team drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid the collision. Friday night's crash on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma, injured more than a dozen others. No charges are pending.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say two skydivers died after crashing into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod. Barnstable police say the skydiving instructor and student died Sunday night, shortly after the crash near the Cape Cod Airfield. A police spokesman tells the Boston Globe the district attorney's office will investigate the deaths.
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Negotiators from North Korea and Japan are meeting in northeastern China for talks on the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents. In 2002, North Korea acknowledged that its agents had kidnapped 13 Japanese, mainly to train spies in Japanese language and culture. It allowed five of them to return to Japan but said the others died.
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