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WASHINGTON (AP) — More U.S. troops will be heading soon to Iraq, where the top U.S. commander says it will take at least three years to build up the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train Iraqi forces to retake areas seized by Islamic State militants. More than 1,000 additional U.S. troops are expected to be deployed soon. About 1,700 are there now.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria. North Korea is rejecting a resolution that urges the U.N. Security Council to refer the country's human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. North Korea says the U.N. instead should investigate the CIA's harsh treatment of terror suspects.

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says the defense plans to ask to delay the start of his trial, set for Jan. 5. Tsarnaev was in court today for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. His lawyer told the judge during the final pretrial conference that the defense plans to soon file a motion for a continuance. He didn't say how long a delay the defense will seek. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the April 2013 bombings.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced his intention today at a hearing where Frazier Miller was ruled competent to stand trial. Last month a judge ordered Miller to undergo a mental evaluation when his attorneys expressed concern about his ability to help with his defense.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook is helping to fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states. The first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company is making what the Human Rights Campaign calls a "substantial" donation to an $8.5 million campaign launched in April. The goal of Project One America is to build acceptance for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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