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EU countries come forward to help in migrant crisis ... Unrest at Spanish migrant detention center ... County clerk remains defiant

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 7, 2015 at 4:50 a.m.



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BERLIN (AP) — France now says it will welcome 24,000 refugees who've been fleeing violence in their countries. The European Union has been discussing a quota among the EU's 28 countries, but Hungary has been critical of the plan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says her country is willing to take people in, but she says those who stand no chance of getting asylum will have to return to their homes swiftly. Germany is preparing to receive by far the largest number of immigrants.

BERLIN (AP) — Spanish media say police fired rubber bullets at migrants in a detention center in the southern city of Valencia after about 50 tried to leave. Reports say the disturbance started late Sunday when a guard was assaulted and migrants took his keys. Reports say some detainees went on to the roof of the building and threw stones and branches at guards while others burned mattresses in an outdoor area of the center. Spanish media say most migrants at the detention center are from sub-Saharan Africa.

PARIS (AP) — France says it's sending reconnaissance flights over Syria beginning tomorrow to help plan airstrikes in the fight against the Islamic State group. But President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is ruling out ground operations in Iraq and Syria. Hollande says coping with the flow of refugees also requires addressing the problem of terrorism.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky is remaining defiant when it comes to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But she's also fighting to get out of jail. Rowan (ROW'-uhn) County Clerk Kim Davis has filed an appeal after a judge last week told her she was in contempt of court and sent her to jail. Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples following the June U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress face a weighty list of unfinished business and looming deadlines when they return from their break tomorrow. Their list of things-to-do includes a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open beyond Sept. 30. Solutions to a yearlong battle over agency budgets and a deal on a long-sought highway bill have been kicked to the fall. But the first days for Congress will be marked by a fierce debate over the nuclear deal with Iran that Republicans insist makes too many concessions to Tehran.

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