GOP senators to be briefed...Syria's denial...New Mexico same-sex weddings challenge

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 2:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will brief Republican senators about military options against Syria. They'll be able to get an update in a conference call Saturday. A spokesman for Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says the lawmaker sought the briefing. President Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he is considering "limited and Narrow" action. The administration charges that the Syrian government killed at least 1,429 in a chemical weapons attack.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government says Obama administration claims about the use of chemical weapons against civilians are "flagrant lies." Syria's foreign minister said in a televised statement that U.S. claims are just like the faulty Bush administration assertions before the Iraq invasion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says new satellite imagery shows North Korea is conducting major new construction to expand facilities at a launch site where it fired a rocket into orbit last December. The site is near the northern border with China and includes what could be a new launch pad for testing mobile ballistic missiles.

PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Singing Serbian national songs and waving flags, more than 2,000 people have welcomed convicted war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik (muhm-CHEE'-loo kry-EESH'-nik) home as a national hero. He returned to Bosnia on Friday after being granted early release from a British prison where he had served two thirds of his 20-year sentence. He was arrested in 2000 and convicted of war crimes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of Republican legislators in New Mexico have brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in state. Six counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past week. The New Mexico Association of Counties and county clerks statewide have said they plan a separate appeal to the state Supreme Court to try to get a decision on whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

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