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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with his National Security Council at the Pentagon and said afterward that American commandos are working with fighters in Syria against the Islamic State group. Obama said the aim is to "tighten the squeeze" on Raqqa, the city the extremists claim as a capital. Meanwhile, a new poll show the percentage of Americans who favor deploying U.S. troops to fight IS militants has risen from 31 percent to 42 percent over the past year.

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says most of the information convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had and passed along to Israel 30 years ago remains top secret and could gravely harm national security. A federal judge in New York is considering Pollard's lawyers request to relax parole conditions after his release from prison last month. Parole conditions include monitoring of his computer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face a general court-martial. Charges against Bergdahl, who walked off a post in Afghanistan, include desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted, he could face punishments ranging from dishonorable discharge to life in prison.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The fate of a Baltimore police officer on trial for manslaughter in connection with the death of a man in custody is in the hands of a jury. Officers William Porter Is one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, who died of a broken neck. Meanwhile, the head of Baltimore schools has sent a letter to students warning them against violent reactions to any verdicts.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle could soon become the first city in the nation to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft form a union over pay and working conditions. Supporters say many drivers are immigrants who make less than minimum wage and lack basic worker rights. The industry says federal labor law denies cities such authority.

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