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Syrian videos make case for military action

DEB RIECHMANN SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Speaking at a news conference ...

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PETE YOST Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families ...

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Trial set for pair charged with killing soldier

Associated Press   CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Sept. 16 trial date has been set for two men charged with robbing and killing a Fort Campbell soldier who gave them a ride. The Leaf-Chronicle reports (http://leafne.ws/1cnOJid ) that a jury in Clarksville will decide the fates of 19-year-old Giovanne Treymane Johnson and 18-year-old ...

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Film Review: “Salinger”

JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer   “Reclusive.” Is that an adjective, or is it actually part of J.D. Salinger’s name? The word has been used so often to describe the famous writer, one could be forgiven for thinking it appears on his birth certificate. But there’s obviously much more to ...

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Obama touts world’s economic progress at G-20 summit conference

JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press   ST. PETERSBURG, Russia— Touting economic progress at the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama said the nation’s economic powers no longer face the threat of a financial meltdown and can turn their attention to issues of tax evasion, job creation and climate change. “For ...

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Judge aims to resentence teacher rapist

MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press   BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana judge appears intent on trying to undo his lenient sentence for a teacher who raped a student as prosecutors have pressed the state Supreme Court to stop him. An emergency petition from the state Attorney General’s Office to block the resentencing ...

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