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AP Top Political News At 11:25 a.m. EDT

Ukrainian president asks US for military aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of Ukraine is asking the U.S. to give his soldiers lethal military equipment in its battle against Russian-backed separatists, saying that one cannot win the war or keep the peace with blankets and night vision goggles....

AP Sources: US offers Ukraine $46M in security aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will announce $46 million in new security assistance for the Ukrainian military, including equipment to help detect incoming artillery fire. But he will stop short of fulfilling Ukraine's request for lethal aid to help in the fight against Russian-backed separatists....

Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State group militants is halfway home, after approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say it's expected to pass handily....

US: Syrian rebel training may start in 3 months
PARIS (AP) -- The top U.S. military officer says it will take at least three months to begin to train and arm moderate Syrian rebel forces....

Senate candidates unite over arming Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing off in one of the most contested Senate races in the nation, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, found something to agree on this week - giving President Barack Obama the authority he's asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants....

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter - and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated....

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress....

Intel chief: Al-Qaida cell in Syria poses threat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. director of national intelligence says a group of al-Qaida fighters in Syria poses a potential threat to the U.S. equal to that of the Islamic State militants....

Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The director of national intelligence is disputing allegations that he lied to Congress about a surveillance program last year....

APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday....

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