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Iran deal sealed...Tracking Chinese warships...Ferguson response report card

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 2, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.



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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says it's encouraged that more than a third of the Senate has announced support for the nuclear deal with Iran. Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to back the agreement when she announced her support today. That means there are enough votes for supporters to sustain the president's expected veto of GOP-backed opposition.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia. But U.S. officials say they don't view the ships as a threat. The U.S. military has been aware of ships and has been tracking their movements for days as they moved through international waters. White House spokesman Josh Earnest addressed the issue while aboard Air Force One as President Barack Obama flew near the Bering Sea. He's been visiting Alaska.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses because she opposes same-sex marriage is getting political support from some conservatives. The president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to issue licenses. Davis' husband says she has received death threats. Critics charge she is being hypocritical about marriage because she has been divorced three times.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department report to be released tomorrow shows that the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle demonstrations. Problems cited include military-style tactics that antagonized demonstrators and police orders that infringed on First Amendment rights.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Peoria, Illinois, has tentatively agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man whose home was raided by police over a Twitter account he created depicting the mayor as a lewd fan of drugs and alcohol. Jon Daniel says the tweets were a joke and he never expected a run-in with police. He says the settlement is "a civics lesson" that parody isn't cause for a police probe.

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