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Female Army Rangers graduate... Call for volunteer firefighters... Hurricane Danny strengthens

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.



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FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — Capping their history-making week, the first female soldiers to complete the Army's rigorous Ranger School have graduated along with 94 male soldiers. First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, pinned on the black-and-gold Ranger tab during the ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A multitude of large wildfires across Washington state have so overtaxed firefighters, officials are taking the unprecedented step of calling for volunteers to help fight the flames. It's the first time the state has asked for volunteers during an explosive fire season that has led to the deaths of three firefighters and the evacuation of entire towns.

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Danny has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moves across the Atlantic. The hurricane's top sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph. The hurricane is centered about 930 miles east of the Leeward Islands and doesn't currently pose a threat to land.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 24 U.S. states last month, including some of those with early presidential nominating contests. In Iowa, the rate ticked up to a still-low 3.8 percent from 3.7 percent. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire, site of the second contest, slipped to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent. Unemployment rates rose in 14 states and were unchanged in 12.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran has won an important endorsement. Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York bucked opposition from fellow New York Jewish lawmakers, including his home state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. Nadler's endorsement followed a personal appeal from Obama, who sent him a letter earlier this week defending the deal.

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