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Jordan to get more help...Americans join anti-IS fighters...Republicans develop alternative health plan



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan could be seeing an increase in U.S. military assistance, after a video showed a Jordanian pilot being burned to death by Islamic State militants. Republican Sen. John McCain, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, tells CNN that he expects the panel to quickly approve a measure to "get them the weapons they need."

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Even though the U.S. military is only attacking Islamic State militants from the air -- that doesn't mean Americans aren't involved in the ground fight. Americans are among the dozens of Westerners who have gone to Iraq to join Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group, which holds a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria. They include Jordan Matson of Wisconsin, a former U.S. Army soldier. He says he's "not going back until the fight is finished" and the Islamic State "is crippled."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it won't return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay as part of efforts to improve relations with Cuba. The top U.S. diplomat for Latin America also told a House panel today that the U.S. will continue funding radio and television broadcasts opposed by the Cuban government. Cuba has declared Guantanamo a condition for a resumption of normalized ties between the countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but influential group of Republicans is planning to propose tax credits for lower-income individuals and families to encourage the purchase of insurance. Officials say that will be part of a proposed replacement health care law. They say the plan would get rid of the highly controversial coverage requirement in the current law. The proposals are part of an outline that Senators Orrin Hatch and Richard Burr and Congressman Fred Upton are expected to unveil tomorrow.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at a suburban New York hospital that treated a dozen people injured in a commuter train crash say one remains in critical condition and one in serious condition. They say patients arrived with burns, broken bones, smoke inhalation and other injuries. Five men aboard the train and the woman driving an SUV hit by the train were killed. Federal investigators are on the scene to look for clues on how the train was functioning, and why the SUV was stopped on the tracks.

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