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Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to shore up President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.The GOP-controlled House has voted to allow the U.S. military to train, arm Syrian rebels.


2014-09-17 15:48:53 -0600

Toronto Mayor Ford makes his closing remarks during a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and difficult type of cancerous tumor, his doctor said on Wednesday, adding he would start chemotherapy treatment within days. Ford, a larger-than-life figure who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized last week after having unbearable abdominal pains. He dropped out of the mayoral race last week. In a briefing on Wednesday, Toronto doctor Zane Cohen said the mayor had malignant liposarcoma, a type of cancerous tumor that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue. ...


2014-09-17 15:28:09 -0600

Ainsley MacDonald, right, and Will Walker, 10, try to leap above incoming waves as Calister MacDonald, left, 3, looks on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at a beach on the Puget Sound in Mukilteo, Wash. Temperatures are expected to hit near 90 in nearby Seattle and 97 in Portland Tuesday, which is considered a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in July. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday, waking up residents who felt it miles away in Seattle.


2014-09-17 10:37:34 -0600