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Washington • The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near-ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama’s plan seven week... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58426143@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:47:01 MDT Iraqi prime minister: ‘We don’t want’ foreign troops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58426169-68/iraq-syria-abadi-international.html.csp Baghdad • Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the “puzzling” exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi has been embraced by the West as a more inclusive leader who might heal the internal rifts that have dismembered Iraq. But his forthrightness in an interview with The Associated Press — his first... Baghdad • Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the “puzzling” exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi has been embraced by the West as a more inclusive leader who might heal the internal rifts that have dismembered Iraq. But his forthrightness in an interview with The Associated Press — his first... 58426169@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:25:02 MDT Combat troops in Iraq? Depends http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58426176-68/forces-combat-troops-operations.html.csp Washington • The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants. Speaking at U.S. Central Command on Wednesday, President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to keep American troops out of combat missions. But hours later, Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be less certain about ground troops. “We’ll determine that based on how the effort goes,” Biden told reporters in Iowa. ... Washington • The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants. Speaking at U.S. Central Command on Wednesday, President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to keep American troops out of combat missions. But hours later, Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be less certain about ground troops. “We’ll determine that based on how the effort goes,” Biden told reporters in Iowa. ... 58426176@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:24:02 MDT Air Force: ‘So help me God’ in oath is optional http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58425798-68/force-god-airman-policy.html.csp Las Vegas • Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words “so help me God” if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment paperwork and ran afoul of a policy that prohibits omissions. The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be left out i... Las Vegas • Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words “so help me God” if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment paperwork and ran afoul of a policy that prohibits omissions. The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be left out i... 58425798@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:28:43 MDT Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58424085-68/texas-woman-coleman-death.html.csp Huntsville, Texas • Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She’d be the ninth convicted killer and second woman to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she’d be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During... Huntsville, Texas • Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She’d be the ninth convicted killer and second woman to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she’d be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During... 58424085@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:23:22 MDT French terror case against Iran opposition dropped http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58424089-68/case-dropped-french-group.html.csp Paris • French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday the case against the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq was closed. The group’s leader Maryam Rajavi said in a statement the decision was a “victory of justice and resistance over collaboration” between France and Ira... Paris • French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday the case against the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq was closed. The group’s leader Maryam Rajavi said in a statement the decision was a “victory of justice and resistance over collaboration” between France and Ira... 58424089@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:27:02 MDT Jury starts deliberations in N. Idaho murder trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58424081-68/idaho-jury-body-deliberations.html.csp Moscow, Idaho • A jury has started deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of a northern Idaho man accused of strangling his estranged wife and dumping her body into the Snake River. The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1uTw46F) that the panel of seven women and five men started deliberating Tuesday afternoon but didn’t reach a decision by evening. Fifty-three-year-old Charles Capone of Moscow is accused of killing 40-year-old Rachael Anderson from Clarkston, Washington, in April 2... Moscow, Idaho • A jury has started deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of a northern Idaho man accused of strangling his estranged wife and dumping her body into the Snake River. The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1uTw46F) that the panel of seven women and five men started deliberating Tuesday afternoon but didn’t reach a decision by evening. Fifty-three-year-old Charles Capone of Moscow is accused of killing 40-year-old Rachael Anderson from Clarkston, Washington, in April 2... 58424081@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:25:02 MDT Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58424077-68/omar-puerto-rico-arrest.html.csp San Juan, Puerto Rico • Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Police say in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was arrested early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta. Authorities say he is suspected of threatening his 26-year-old partner. Publicist Sujeylee Sola said she did not have immediate comment on Don Omar’s arrest when reached by phone. Some fans of Don Omar left messages of support on his... San Juan, Puerto Rico • Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Police say in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was arrested early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta. Authorities say he is suspected of threatening his 26-year-old partner. Publicist Sujeylee Sola said she did not have immediate comment on Don Omar’s arrest when reached by phone. Some fans of Don Omar left messages of support on his... 58424077@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:24:02 MDT Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421934-68/news-percent-media-hispanics.html.csp Washington • A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts about what mainstream media report about their communities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Media Insight Project. And... Washington • A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts about what mainstream media report about their communities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Media Insight Project. And... 58421934@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:29:02 MDT Congress claims safety agency botched GM recall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421924-68/nhtsa-agency-cars-safety.html.csp Washington • Both houses of Congress scolded the nation’s highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeatedly defended his agency during a Senate hearing as lawmakers accused him of failing to take responsibility for missing multiple clues that could have saved ... Washington • Both houses of Congress scolded the nation’s highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeatedly defended his agency during a Senate hearing as lawmakers accused him of failing to take responsibility for missing multiple clues that could have saved ... 58421924@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:28:02 MDT Arizona GOP official resigns over Medicaid remarks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421992-68/pearce-comments-party-republican.html.csp PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, the chief sponsor of Arizona’s hard-line law against illegal immigration, has resigned a top leadership position in the state Republican Party after he was criticized for remarks advocating mandatory contraception or sterilization of people on Medicaid. The party late Sunday night announced Pearce’s resignation as first vice chairman — the state party’s second top leadership post — after some Republican candidates denounced the comments th... PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, the chief sponsor of Arizona’s hard-line law against illegal immigration, has resigned a top leadership position in the state Republican Party after he was criticized for remarks advocating mandatory contraception or sterilization of people on Medicaid. The party late Sunday night announced Pearce’s resignation as first vice chairman — the state party’s second top leadership post — after some Republican candidates denounced the comments th... 58421992@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:37:01 MDT Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421764-68/ukraine-european-ukrainian-europe.html.csp Kiev, Ukraine • Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions to Russia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 people and pushed the West’s relations with Moscow to ... Kiev, Ukraine • Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions to Russia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 people and pushed the West’s relations with Moscow to ... 58421764@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:48:02 MDT Top general: If Obama’s strategy fails, ground troops are possible http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420403-68/obama-dempsey-ground-forces.html.csp Washington • American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president “will not” send ground forces into combat, but Gen. Martin Dempsey said Obama had personally told him to come back on a “case by case basi... Washington • American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president “will not” send ground forces into combat, but Gen. Martin Dempsey said Obama had personally told him to come back on a “case by case basi... 58420403@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:33:52 MDT Obama to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420406-68/obama-ebola-disease-liberia.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control. The question was whether the aid would be enough and was coming in time. An ominous World Health Organization forecast said that with so many people now spreading the virus, the number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks. “If... Washington • President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control. The question was whether the aid would be enough and was coming in time. An ominous World Health Organization forecast said that with so many people now spreading the virus, the number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks. “If... 58420406@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:29:06 MDT Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420404-68/poverty-percent-rate-2013.html.csp Washington • The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty in the United States, said that the poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. The decrease in the poverty rate was attributed to the growth in year-round employment by 2.8 million jobs in the Unite... Washington • The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty in the United States, said that the poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. The decrease in the poverty rate was attributed to the growth in year-round employment by 2.8 million jobs in the Unite... 58420404@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:18:02 MDT Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420395-68/chicago-companies-health-cities.html.csp Washington • Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care costs from opioid drugmakers, alleging that companies deliberately misled the public about the risks of their drugs. It’s a legal strategy that could be attractive to other cash-strappe... Washington • Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care costs from opioid drugmakers, alleging that companies deliberately misled the public about the risks of their drugs. It’s a legal strategy that could be attractive to other cash-strappe... 58420395@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:17:02 MDT World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420389-68/gaza-bank-palestinian-israel.html.csp Ramallah, West Bank • The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday. The bank issued the report ahead of a meeting next week of donor nations to the Palestinians on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The bleak forecast is a “wake-up call to everyone” that the status quo, particularly in Gaz... Ramallah, West Bank • The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday. The bank issued the report ahead of a meeting next week of donor nations to the Palestinians on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The bleak forecast is a “wake-up call to everyone” that the status quo, particularly in Gaz... 58420389@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:16:02 MDT Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420386-68/fire-town-homes-weed.html.csp Weed, Calif. • Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills. Ten minutes later, a wildfire driven by fierce winds raced through their neighborhood, missing them by three houses and torching a roof across the street. Officials said the fast-moving fire caught residents in the small town of Weed near the Oregon border off guard and damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church in this tiny t... Weed, Calif. • Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills. Ten minutes later, a wildfire driven by fierce winds raced through their neighborhood, missing them by three houses and torching a roof across the street. Officials said the fast-moving fire caught residents in the small town of Weed near the Oregon border off guard and damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church in this tiny t... 58420386@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:15:01 MDT US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420380-68/tobacco-growers-percent-danville.html.csp Danville, Va. • Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia, when the leaf became the chief cash crop of the J... Danville, Va. • Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia, when the leaf became the chief cash crop of the J... 58420380@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:14:02 MDT Self-driving cars now need a permit in California http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420372-68/vehicles-driving-california-cars.html.csp Los Angeles • Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision. These may be the cars of the future, but for now they repr... Los Angeles • Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision. These may be the cars of the future, but for now they repr... 58420372@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:03 MDT