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12 Marines still missing ... Report: Staggering death toll in Iraq ... Senate committee looks at easing up on school nutrition requirements

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 19, 2016 at 5:10 a.m.



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HONOLULU (AP) — There's been no luck so far in the search for 12 crew members missing after two Marine helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii. The Coast Guard says three life rafts that were aboard the helicopters have been recovered, and some of them were inflated. But there's no indication that anyone was aboard them. A civilian last Thursday night saw the aircraft flying and then saw a fireball. Hours after the reported crash, a military plane spotted debris off the coast of Oahu.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A new U.N. report says more than 18,800 civilians in Iraq were killed and more than 36,000 were wounded between Jan. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015. The report calls the civilian death toll "staggering" and details killings by the Islamic State group including shootings, beheadings and people being burned alive. The report also says the Islamic State group is believed to currently be holding some 3,500 people, mostly women and children from the country's Yezidi minority.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's family minister is calling on fellow Germans to mentor some 59,000 refugee children who came to the country without parents in 2015. The minister says refugee children and teenagers need lots of help with practical matters, legal questions, in school and everyday support. A free hotline was activated today that will connect mentors with refugee children. Prospective mentors must undergo police checks.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say police and the Taliban are searching for a man who allegedly cut off his wife's nose. A hospital director in Faryab province says the 22-year-old woman was brought to the hospital early Monday after having lost a great deal of blood. The woman said she had been beaten and tortured by her 25-year-old husband. The husband also has a seven-year-old wife.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has yet to weigh in on a bipartisan Senate agreement that would give the nation's public schools more flexibility in what healthy foods they serve children. The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to vote Wednesday on the bill which would loosen requirements on whole grains and delay an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels. The bill comes following more than two years of quarreling between school nutrition directors and first lady Michelle Obama, an outspoken proponent of healthier eating.

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