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U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...



New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. Nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said. ...


Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in Florida murder-suicide

TAMPA (Reuters) - A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself on Thursday, authorities said. Don Spirit, identified by authorities as the suspect, called the 911 emergency line and killed himself after a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said. Everyone in the house was killed, Schultz said. The youngest child was less than three months old and the oldest was 10 years old, he added. "We're all family here. What can you say?" Schultz said. ...


Sheriff: Man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter in murder-suicide

Sheriff: Man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter in murder-suicideA man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said.



Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 shows Don Spirit. On Thursday, officials said Spirit is suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)BELL, Fla. (AP) ? A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man's home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said.



Slain Pa. trooper eulogized as impeccable officer

Slain Pa. trooper eulogized as impeccable officerCpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper's funeral as a manhunt for his killer continued 40 miles away.



Suspect in Pa. trooper shooting on 'FBI Most Wanted' list

Suspect in Pa. trooper shooting on 'FBI Most Wanted' listPennsylvania State Police have reopened roads in rural northeastern Pennsylvania after swarming the area in a search for the man charged with killing a trooper.



Nepal to allow Indian firm to build power plant

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ? Officials say Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant.


Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) ? An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week.


Loser to Sen. Thad Cochran files appeal arguments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? A defeated Senate candidate argues a Mississippi judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran.