Senate panel Oks use of force in Syria...Growing online privacy concerns...Tropical weather

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Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:16:05 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is reviewing a request by President Barack Obama for a resolution authorizing a military strike against Syria. The administration says the regime of President Bashar Assad killed more than 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons on Aug. 21. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10 to 7 on Wednesday for legislation backing use of force. It's expected to reach the Senate floor next week. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Thursday has brought a fresh round of violence to Afghanistan's capital. Officials say police killed two militants in an early morning shootout at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kabul. A video released by the national intelligence service shows the bloodied bodies of the alleged militants, who wore police uniforms. WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans are worried about online privacy. A study just released by the Pew Research Center says half are worried about access to their personal data. That's up from 33 percent in 2009. About 86 percent say they have tried at least one tactic to hide their activity online. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The plug has been pulled on a Sept. 28 concert in Malaysia by American metal band Lamb of God. The show in Kuala Lumpur has been denied a permit because Islamic officials say the band's work is blasphemous. The band says officials didn't study the content and meanings of its songs. The band has been known to mix excerpts from the Quran, Islam's holy book, with heavy metal music. MIAMI (AP) — Parts of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expected to be doused by up to 6 inches of rain by Tropical Storm Gabrielle. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Forecasters say the storm should pass between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. It's then expected to swing toward the northeast, away from the U.S. mainland.

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