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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops have stepped up their exit from northern Syria. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin to withdraw "as safely and quickly as possible." The U.S. appears to be moving toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war."

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's offensive against Syrian Kurds is plunging Syria deeper into turmoil. Syrian TV says Syrian government troops are moving north to confront the Turkish offensive. And President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the area to avoid getting caught in the middle of the fighting.

TOKYO (AP) — Rescue crew are digging through mudslides and searching near swollen rivers after a typhoon caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. The storm left dozens of people dead or missing. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds that left thousands of homes on Japan's main island flooded, damaged or without power. Authorities warned more mudslides were possible with rain forecast for the affected area.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 28-year-old black woman who was killed by police inside her Texas home says the white officer who shot her didn't have time to perceive a threat. Atatiana Jefferson was fatally shot early Saturday after a Fort Worth police officer responded to a call about her front door being open. Attorney Lee Merritt said that after watching video from the officer's bodycam, "he didn't have time to perceive a threat. That's murder." The officer is on administrative leave.

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — The impeachment debate is testing the patience of some voters. It's a factor that could be significant as Democrats leading the inquiry debate how to proceed with an election year approaching. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of the impeachment inquiry last month following a whistleblower complaint.

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