Close food stamp vote...Syrian rebels, al-Qaida clash...Home sales increase

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a close vote, the House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps. That would be a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. Every single Democrat voted against the measure. They were joined by some moderate Republicans who say the proposed cuts are too deep.

BEIRUT (AP) — It's a war within the war in Syria. Al-Qaida militants seized a town near the Turkish border after expelling Western-backed rebels from the area. The infighting — now engulfing many parts of northern Syria — threatens to further split opposition forces outgunned by President Bashar Assad's troops and strengthen his hand.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian President Hasan Rouhani says his country has never sought and will never seek a nuclear bomb. Rouhani also told NBC News that he has full authority to resolve a standoff with the West. He granted the interview from Tehran. He's to make his first appearance next week as president at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — There are now seven confirmed deaths from this week's flooding in Colorado. A body found in northern Colorado has been identified as an 80-year-old retired teacher and basketball coach who tried to return to his home in defiance of an evacuation order.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Association of Realtors says U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007. Experts say buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further. August sales reflect contracts signed in June and July, when mortgage rates were rising steadily.

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