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West could hit Syria in days, envoys tell rebels

(Reuters) – Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

California officials ask residents to avoid social media for Rim fire updates

The rumours raced across these woodland communities faster than the fire: the Groveland firehouse had burned down; authorities were cutting power lines to force people to evacuate; police had arrested an arsonist who started it; the sequoias were going up in smoke.

Facebook report: governments asked for data on 38,000 users this year

Government agencies around the world demanded access to the information of over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, and more than half the orders came from the United States, the company said on Tuesday.

New Mexico’s largest county issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

More than 100 people were lined up in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning as the clerk in New Mexico‘s most populous county began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

LA mayor declares state of ’emergency’ over loss of film and TV business

The new mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcettihas declared a state of “emergency” in Hollywood as film and television production continues to haemorrhage from its traditional home.

Chicago stands watch as school students return for ‘new beginning’

The new school year began in Chicago on Monday with safety guards lining the streets in a high-visibility attempt to protect children crossing gang boundaries to get to their new classrooms.

More Stroke Patients Now Get Clot-Busting Drug

It’s been a long and often controversial road, but U.S. doctors are finally embracing a drug that can halt strokes and prevent disabling brain damage.

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