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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it is leading an alliance of 34 Muslim-majority nations in a military fight against terrorism. That's according to a statement from the country's official news agency. Participating countries include Pakistan, Lebanon and Egypt. The Saudi's are already leading military intervention in Yemen against Shiite rebels.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the military-campaign against the Islamic State Group will be cranked up. Obama spoke with reporters after a National Security Council meeting at the Pentagon on Monday. He said American special forces in Syria are working with local fighters to move against the Syrian city of Raqqa, which IS leaders claim as their capital.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The jury hearing the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer will resume Tuesday. The panel sought help with terms it must consider. It asked about for clarification about "evil motive" and "bad faith." Prosecutors charge that Officer Williams Porter should have sought medical help for Freddie Gray, who suffered a broken neck while being transported in a police van.

CHICAGO (AP) — A county judge in Chicago has acquitted a Chicago police commander accused of shoving a gun down a suspect's throat. Judge Diane Cannon cited flaws in the state's case. But lawyers for the man who filed the complaint cited their client's DNA on Cmdr. Glenn Evans's weapon. A study conducted by the People's Law Office of Chicago found that Evans was the subject of at least 45 excessive-force complaints over a 20-year period.

SEATTLE (AP) — In what's considered a test case, the Seattle City Council has voted to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. The vote was unanimous but several council members say they expect the firms to make legal challenges. Supporters say some drivers wind up making less than minimum wage.

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