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14th anniversary ... CA largest wildfire spreads ... 2 Michigan lawmakers out of the State House after affair cover-up

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 11, 2015 at 5:41 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Fourteen years ago today terrorists used four airplanes as weapons, killing a total of nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in western Pennsylvania near Shanksville. President Barack Obama will observe the anniversary with a visit to Fort Meade in Maryland, to honor U.S. troops. And in Washington, some members of Congress plan to discuss federal funding for the ground zero memorial. The memorial and underground museum together cost $60 million a year to run.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire is continuing to spread, now possibly threatening a park where lions, tigers and other big cats live. The fire has been burning for nearly six weeks near Cat Haven in Fresno County. Nearly three dozen wild cats will soon be moved from the 100-acre site. Lightning sparked the blaze, which has now burned through 172 square miles. It's less than one-third contained.

VIENNA (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says the European Union needs to go beyond an already-contentious proposal to redistribute 160,000 migrants who are already in Europe. Germany expects 800,000 migrants to arrive this year and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says an EU Commission proposal to redistribute refugees will send more to Germany, not take any off its hands. Denmark says it won't accept any of the 160,000 refugees.

NEW DELHI (AP) — In India, 12 suspected Islamic militants have been convicted today for bombing seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800 nine years ago. The trial in India's notoriously slow justice system lasted more than seven years. One defendant was acquitted for lack of evidence. The judge says he'll announce the sentence Monday after hearing arguments from the prosecutors and defense attorneys. The 12 face the death penalty or life in prison.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One Michigan lawmaker has resigned and another has been booted out of the State House after they both admitted trying to cover up an affair. Rep. Todd Courser announced his resignation early this morning, as his fellow lawmakers grappled over whether to expel him and Rep. Cindy Gamrat. An hour later Gamrat was voted out of the House. Michigan State Police plan to investigate potential criminal wrongdoing by the two lawmakers.

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