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Souces: US would hit back against Assad attack

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

1 dead after senior housing fire

One person was found dead and several others were injured after a fire at a suburban Detroit senior citizen housing complex where some residents were found hanging out of second-floor windows before being rescued by firefighters on ladders.

Newborn dies after mother killed by stray bullet

A baby born to a woman after she was fatally wounded by a stray bullet died early Monday. Megan Doto, who was eight months pregnant, was struck in the face Sunday morning by one of more than 10 bullets fired at a car a block away, police Capt. James Clark said.

4 students hurt in Denver lab fire

Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

Rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers

The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.

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Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

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Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Police said Monday they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct in a parked car.

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Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

Stronger Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

Hurricane Odile grew into a massive Category 4 storm and took aim at the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday, prompting authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000 people.

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US man in North Korea given 6 years at hard labor

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

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$50K reward offered for tips on trooper’s slaying

Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded. Troopers also set up a checkpoint near the site where they were stopping motorists to ask if they had seen anything that could help with the case.

Lawyer: Hopeful tests show dead infants stillborn

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home said Sunday that he’s optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren’t born alive, and therefore weren’t harmed or killed by his client.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

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Miss New York named Miss America

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev has been named the new Miss America, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.

Great Britain mourns for slain hostage; another threatened

British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded — like two American journalists before him — and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive.

Vermont milestone in green energy

Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.

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Santa Monica using $1M to evaluate its happiness

As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

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College football poses wedding dilemma for fans

Emily Younker isn’t getting married until next year but she’s already made sure the date doesn’t conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

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