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Congress likely to cut failed Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels (+video)

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s initial effort to build a proxy military force inside Syria to help fight Islamic State appears on shaky ground as key U.S. lawmakers consider closing a $500 million Pentagon program widely considered an embarrassing failure.

Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill in California (+video)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caught between conflicting moral arguments, California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians in the nation’s most populous state to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths.

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After destruction in Bahamas, relief efforts commence as Joaquin threatens Bermuda (+video)

MIAMI — Having battered the central and southern islands of the Bahamas, Hurricane Joaquin continued to veer away from the East Coast on Sunday night and out toward the North Atlantic — brushing by the British territory of Bermuda, and buffeting the island with wind and rain.

High school shooting plot foiled in Northern California, authorities say (+video)

A day before a gunman in Oregon killed eight classmates and his college writing teacher, sheriff’s detectives in Northern California’s Tuolomne County foiled a plot by students to go on a shooting rampage at their high school near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.