Next move about Syria?...Same-sex marriage licenses...Double lung recipient going home

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 2:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is "undeniable" evidence of chemical weapons use by Syria, the Obama administration is expected to make a more formal declaration. The international community appears to be considering action that would punish the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for deploying deadly gases suspected of killing hundreds, including women and children.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The clerk of New Mexico's largest county, Bernalillo (behr-nah-LEE'-yoh), is expected to start issuing licenses for gay couples Tuesday morning because of a court order. Two other counties already are issuing the licenses. The judge ruled Monday that New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Utility officials say they're monitoring the quality of the water in a reservoir that is the main source of drinking water for San Francisco. Ash from a huge wildfire in the Sierra Nevada is raining into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The 230-square-mile blaze is only 15 percent contained. Officials say more water is being piped to reservoirs in the Bay area, 150 miles away.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —A video released by a federal court in California shows former President Gerald Ford recalling an assassination attempt by Charles Mansion disciple Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. It happened in 1975 in Sacramento outside the California statehouse. In the videotaped testimony, Ford recalls seeing a "weathered" woman in a brightly colored dress and then a gun coming through the crowd, but not who was holding it. Ford wasn't hurt.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania girl whose plight for a new pair of lungs spurred a national debate over organ transplants is leaving the hospital Tuesday. Janet Murnaghan (MUR'-nuh-han) posted on her Facebook page that her 10-year-old daughter Sarah is going home. She received two lung transplants in Philadelphia this summer.

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