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European leaders try to end violence in Ukraine...Jordan strikes IS targets... Netanyahu speech causes flap



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian forces is intensifying and the leaders of Germany and France are trying to tamp down the violence. They carried a peace plan to a meeting Thursday with Ukraine's president. Now it's on to Moscow, where they'll meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is expressing its outrage at the Islamic State group by ramping up its airstrikes against militant targets in Syria and Iraq. Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed training centers and weapons storage sites on Thursday, Amman is incensed that the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot. Jordan's military says the strikes will continue --quote -- "until we eliminate them."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three prominent House Democrats are vowing to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress next month. Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon say they disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner's decision to invite the Israeli leader without consulting President Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats a say a plan by three Republican lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul would leave Americans with less coverage and higher costs than the law they want to repeal. Democrats have been lambasting Republicans for promising to repeal and replace the health care law, yet failing to advance a substitute.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of a Wisconsin man who died in 2012 is suing the Pop Warner organization. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges Joseph Chernach's suicide was the result of dementia and deep despair caused by brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football. Chernach was 25 when he hanged himself in his mother's shed in Hixton, Wisconsin.

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