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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says 34 Muslim-majority nations have agreed to form a new military alliance to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. While Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Shiite Iran, is not part of the coalition, the alliance includes Muslim countries from several continents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — According to a new poll, the number of Americans in favor of sending ground forces against Islamic State extremists appears to be growing. The percentage favoring deploying troops has risen from 31 percent to 42 percent over the past year. That's according to the findings of AP-GfK polling. The findings come in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be facing charges including desertion at a general court-martial. This, even though a hearing officer recommended that the case be handled at a misdemeanor-level forum. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years, before he was freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay. He had walked off his post in Afghanistan in June of 2009.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Ohio officials from taking legal action against Planned Parenthood to enforce fetal tissue disposal rules. Attorney General Mike DeWine accuses the group of improper disposal, a charge it calls "inflammatory." Planned Parenthood says its procedures are the same as hospitals and other health providers that rely on private disposal firms.
BURNET, Texas (AP) — A former assistant high school football coach in San Antonio has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to assault for an attack on a game referee by two of his players during a game. Former John Jay High assistant coach Mark Breed was also fined, must pay restitution and perform community service.
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