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Considering diplomacy...Pentagon cuts proposed...Calls for ouster of judge

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Updated: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:15:54 EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says it is worth pursuing diplomacy with Iran even though skepticism persists about Tehran's willingness to back up its recent overtures about nuclear talks. Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly today. So did Iran's new moderate leader, President Hasan Rouhani. WASHINGTON (AP) — He says he'll speak "in opposition to Obamacare" until he can no longer stand. But tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking in a largely empty chamber, has also talked about the Revolutionary War, his father and Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham." His words will have no impact however. Democrats have the votes to pass a stop gap spending plan to keep the government running and will strip a House provision that would defund health care funding. WASHINGTON (AP) — According to four men who used to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon could trim 60,000 more troops than planned, and lose 50,000 civilian employees, without hurting U.S. fighting power. The four are part of a 17-member panel that has produced a report recommending nearly $50 billion in budget cuts. Writing for the Stimson Center think tank, the panel suggested cuts that could replace future rounds of automatic, across-the-board reductions in the Pentagon's budget. MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say the death toll from last week's floods and mudslides has risen to 130. Eight more bodies were found buried in a landslide. Soldiers and emergency workers are still seeking bodies in the biggest mudslide, which smashed into a village in Guerrero (guh-REHR'-oh), the state hit hardest by Tropical Storm Manuel. HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Critics of a Montana judge have lodged a formal complaint asking for his removal from the bench. The judge handed down a 30-day sentence to a former teacher convicted of raping a student. The teacher is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday.

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