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Activists: Civilians killed in Syria airstrikes...Afghan deal to be signed...Judge allows water cutoffs

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 29, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria continue to target areas controlled by the militant group Islamic State. Activists say overnight, a grain silo was hit, but only civilians were killed. They say the air assault was on Islamic State facilities in four provinces, including Aleppo and Raqqa (RAH'-kah). One strike hit the entrance to a Conoco gas plant, but activists say the facility itself was not damaged.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior adviser to President Barack Obama says Afghanistan will sign a deal tomorrow to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. John Podesta made the comments at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Podesta said he didn't know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan, but said he would sign it on behalf of the U.S. The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31.

DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy won't stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill. Judge Steven Rhodes announced his decision today after hearing two days of testimony last week. The water department has said it would suffer financially if ordered to supply water without payment. Officials say 30,000 customers now are enrolled in two-year payment plans, but critics say the strategy still doesn't help the poorest residents.

ATLANTA (AP) — Opening statements begin today in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy. They're charged with racketeering, and some are accused of influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators. A grand jury last year indicted 35 educators and administrators, but prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 of them. The trial of former superintendent Beverly Hall is delayed while she undergoes cancer treatment.

VENICE, Italy (AP) — George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin have had a second opportunity to say "I do" when they celebrated a civil ceremony in a historic palace along Venice's Grand Canal. The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood celebrity friends and family. Today, they followed up with a required civil procedure before Italian authorities.

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