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Updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:15:29 EST


UPDATE" Germany to help Kurd fighters

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is sending some top-flight military equipment to Iraq to help the Kurdish Peshmerga who are fighting Islamic State militants.

Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September.

They'll include high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles. On Sunday, the U.S. carried out two more airstrikes against IS militants.


Lawmakers push for action against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are pressing President Barack Obama to take decisive action against the Islamic State militants who have taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria, and could try to attack the U.S.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain tells CBS' "Face the Nation" the extremists "must be defeated, not contained," because they represent a direct threat to the U.S.

The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, tells NBC's "Meet the Press" the Islamic State is "extraordinarily dangerous" and says Obama may be overly cautious in his approach to dealing with the group.

Also appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," New York Republican Rep. Peter King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, says "The longer we wait, the more dangerous" the group becomes.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, calls the matter "extremely urgent." But he also tells CNN's "State of the Union," ''you don't just rush in."


UPDATE: Islamist militia group guarding US Embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The Islamist-allied Dawn of Libya group is now guarding the vacant U.S. Embassy and its residential compound in Tripoli.

That's according to the commander of the militia umbrella group that wrested control of the capital and the embassy from a rival militia last week.

U.S. personnel fled the embassy more than a month ago because of the fighting.


Putin calls for talks

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Putin told national TV network Channel 1 on Sunday that Ukraine should "hold substantive, meaningful talks, not about technical issues but about the question of the political organization of society and statehood in southeast Ukraine." He said the goal should be to safeguard the "legitimate interests of those people who live there."

Hours later, A Ukrainian spokesman said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was fired upon with artillery by land-based forces..

The attack took place amid heightened concern that the pro-Russian rebels are trying to take control of the land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula which Russia annexed in March.

Until this week, the area along the Azov Sea coast had escaped the fighting.


US judge divs enforcement of new La abortion law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily dived enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers disagree about whether his order covers doctors at all five of the state's clinics or only two doctors and three clinics.

District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday. But he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing on a broader pretrial order.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. A lawsuit claims that likely would close all five abortion clinics.

DeGravelles says the doctors' risk of fines and losing licenses outweighs any injury to the state from keeping the status quo. He noted the state health secretary says she won't prosecute doctors while their hospital applications are still undecided.


NEW: Ferguson police start wearing body cameras

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Jackson said the department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies about a week ago. Company representatives offered training to officers Saturday on using the devices that attach to their uniforms and record video and audio. Jackson said each officer will get one to use.


UPDATE: Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

ERIE, Colo. (AP) — A National Transportation Board spokesman says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died.

He says the single-engine Piper PA-46 went down a few hundred yards from the Erie Municipal Airport runway just before noon on Sunday.

The NTSB is investigating the crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.


Aftershocks follow 5.1 Alaska earthquake

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Aftershocks continue to rattle interior Alaska after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Saturday night.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that aftershocks of 4.08 and 4.19 were felt Sunday throughout the cities of North Pole and Fairbanks.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries after the shaking.

The 5.1 earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Saturday and had a depth of 10 miles. Residents told the newspaper that they felt shaking for about 10 seconds. The aftershocks could also be felt around the region.


UPDATE: Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart will now start focusing on next weekend's NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia.

His return to the track Sunday night ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart hit the wall twice. He skipped three NASCAR Sprint Cup races after his car struck and killed a fellow driver in upstate New York.


NEW: Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a disparaging tweet from his personal account about the Democratic district attorney he's charged with unlawfully trying to oust was unauthorized.

A tweet from Perry's account Sunday, after the other post was deleted, said he does "not condone the tweet." The tweets were sent from Perry's verified account, but it was unclear who does the actual posting for the feed. Perry aides did not immediately return messages.

The earlier tweet linked to an unflattering mock image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was convicted of drunken driving in April.

Perry vetoed funds to her office when she refused to resign, which led to a grand jury indictment. Perry has pleaded not guilty and called the abuse of power charges a political ploy.


NEW: Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy tie the knot

NEW YORK (AP) — Donnie Wahlberg's "Favorite Girl" Jenny McCarthy is now his wife.

The couple tied the knot Sunday in a ceremony outside Chicago, McCarthy's publicist, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed.

It's the second marriage for both 45-year-old Wahlberg and 41-year-old Mccarthy.

Wahlberg still performs with his boy band New Kids on the Block and also stars in the CBS police drama "Blue Bloods." He also appears in an A&E reality show about a family restaurant called Wahlburgers that's run by his brother Paul.

He has two sons from his first marriage.

McCarthy recently left "The View" and now hosts a radio show on SiriusXM. She has a son from her first marriage.

The couple began dating last year.

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