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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say that once President Barack Obama formally submits his war powers request for fighting Islamic State extremists, there won't be any Democratic rubber stamp, nor will the debate break along traditional party lines. Obama is expected to submit the request as early as today. There is likely to be disagreement about a number of things, including use of ground troops.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some experts are trying to think differently about cybersecurity -- saying it needs a major overhaul and that playing defense is not enough. Their new message is to let the hackers in, then drop a net over them. First they need to convince a conservative business world to gamble on a different approach after generations of defensive systems. But experts say defense only is outmoded and no longer works.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Both sides claim they're making gains in the fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government forces. The rebels say they've surrounded Ukrainian troops at a strategic railway junction. Government troops report a counter-offensive has captured several villages northeast of the strategic port of Mariupol (mah-ROO'-pahl), pushing the rebels closer to the border with Russia.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a Pennsylvania man charged with strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend more than a dozen years ago. Prosecutors allege Hugo Selenski and a co-conspirator killed Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett. Authorities found their bodies buried behind Selenski's house north of Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree) along with at least three other sets of human remains. Authorities think the defendants may have been after the proceeds of an illegal prescription drug ring run by the pharmacist.

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad says there's no direct cooperation but his government is getting third party messages about airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group inside Syria. In an interview with the BBC, Assad says there's "nothing tactical" in the messages, and they've been conveyed through third parties, such as Iraq.

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