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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says "the most precise air campaign" ever continues to "hammer" Islamic State targets. Obama made the comment after a security briefing at the Pentagon. He said the air campaign continues to take out top operatives in the extremist group. He says successes in the air and by allied ground forces shows that the group is not invincible and "inevitably will be defeated." But Obama said that will take more than military action.
WASHINGTON IAP) — President Barack Obama says Congress "needs to do its job" and pass funding to fight the Zika outbreak. Fifteen cases have turned up in Florida, and there is an widespread outbreak in Puerto Rico. Obama urged Americans to call their lawmakers and tell them to pass the emergency funding request he submitted back in February. Obama said Congress sought to reduce the request and then left on a summer recess without doing anything.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says House Speaker Paul Ryan is "a good guy." But Trump has refused for another day to endorse the Republican speaker. Trump's campaign chief has acknowledged that there has been division inside Trump Tower over the Ryan issue. Ryan, meanwhile, says he still supports Trump but that endorsements are not "blank checks." Ryan says he will continue to speak out if necessary about Trump positions.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A jury in Portsmouth, Virginia, has convicted a white former police officer of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who had been accused of shoplifting. Former officer Stephen Rankin, who was fired from the Portsmouth police force after being indicted, now faces one to 10 years in prison.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A report finds that the $3 billion subway expansion built as one of the main Olympic legacy projects for Rio de Janeiro was overbilled by 25 percent. An auditor also reportedly found that the financially-strapped government ended up paying twice as much of what was agreed to in a partnership with private companies. Protesters have taken to the street to express anger at the billions spent in a country where there is extreme poverty in the shadow of the Olympic venues. Brazil is suffering its worst recession in decades.
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