PRES OBAMA CONSULTING WITH MILITARY OFFICIALS AT THE U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND IN TAMPA, FL, TO DISCUSS THE COUNTERTERRORISM CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS *

JOINT CHIEFS CHAIR MARTIN DEMPSEY SAID TUES HE MIGHT RECOMMEND GROUND FORCES BE USED IF THE PRES'S CURRENT COALITION STRATEGY DOESN'T WORK *

BUT OBAMA HAS VOWED TO USE AIR POWER ONLY, AND NOT GROUND FORCES, AGAINST MILITANTS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA *

OPERATION BY FRENCH AUTHORITIES IS UNDERWAY TARGETING RECRUITERS FOR ISLAMIC MILITANT GROUPS *

FRENCH SECURITY OFFICIALS SAY FIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF BELONGING TO A RING THAT RECRUITS YOUNG WOMEN TO JOIN MILITANTS IN SYRIA *

YOUNG FRENCH MEN AND WOMEN MAKE UP THE LARGEST CONTINGENT OF EUROPEAN JIHADIS FIGHTING IN THE REGION *

PAKISTANI MILITARY LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES ON FIVE MILITANT HIDEOUTS IN A TROUBLED TRIBAL REGION NEAR THE BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN, KILLING 40 SUSPECTED FIGHTERS *

THE STRIKE ON THE TALIBAN STRONGHOLD IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN IS PART OF A MASSIVE OFFENSIVE BEGUN IN JUNE THAT HAS KILLED MORE THAN 1,000 MILITANTS *

THE REGION HAS LONG BEEN HOME TO LOCAL AND FOREIGN MILITANTS WHO CARRY OUT ATTACKS IN PAKISTAN AND AGAINST NATO FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN *

MINNESOTA VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON BANNED BY THE NFL FROM ALL TEAM ACTIVITIES UNTIL HIS CHILD ABUSE CHARGES ARE RESOLVED *

THE VIKINGS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WED AFTER INITIALLY SAYING PETERSON COULD PLAY WITH THE TEAM WHILE THE LEGAL PROCESS PLAYED OUT *

PETERSON IS CHARGED WITH A FELONY FOR USING A THIN, WHIP-LIKE TREE BRANCH TO DISCIPLINE HIS 4-YR-OLD SON *

THE NFL IS ALREADY FACING SCRUTINY FOR ITS HANDLING OF THE DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT INVOLVING BALTIMORE RAVENS RB RAY RICE *

AS A REFERENDUM ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE FROM THE UK LOOMS, POLITICAL LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES MAKE FINAL APPEALS TO THE PUBLIC *

CITIZENS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS THURS TO VOTE ON THE HISTORIC MEASURE *

ADVOCATES ARE ARGUING ON THE BASIS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY AND DECENTRALIZED POWER, WHILE OPPONENTS SAY A GRADUAL DEVOLUTION OF POWER WOULD BE HEALTHIER *

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES CONTINUE TO RISE IN EASTERN UKRAINE DESPITE A CEASE-FIRE AND DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS BY UKRAINIAN LAWMAKERS *

CITY COUNCIL OF DONETSK CONFIRMS SHELLS CONTINUED TO HIT THE REGION, AND OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN FIGHTING WED *

UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT PASSED A MEASURE TUES GRANTING GREATER AUTONOMY TO REBELLIOUS REGIONS IN THE EAST AFTER A CEASE-FIRE WAS REPEATEDLY VIOLATED *

HOUSE SELECT CMTE ON BENGHAZI HOLDING ITS FIRST HEARING *

CMTE WILL FOCUS ON WHAT THE OBAMA ADMIN HAS DONE SINCE THE SEPT 11, 2012 ATTACK AT THE DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA, THAT KILLED AMB CHRIS STEVENS AND THREE OTHER AMERICANS *

CONSUMER PRICES FELL SLIGHTLY IN AUG, THE FIRST MONTHLY DROP SINCE SPRING OF 2013 *

LABOR DEPT SAYS CONSUMER PRICES EDGED DOWN 0.2% LAST MONTH FOLLOWING A NEGLIGIBLE GAIN IN JULY *

IT WAS THE FIRST DECLINE SINCE A SIMILAR 0.2% DROP IN APRIL 2013 *

CURRENT ACCOUNT TRADE DEFICIT NARROWED SLIGHTLY IN THE APRIL-JUNE QUARTER, REFLECTING GAINS IN THE EXPORTS OF OIL AND CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT *

COMMERCE DEPT SAYS THE DEFICIT IN THE CURRENT ACCOUNT SHRANK TO $98.5 BIL IN THE SECOND QUARTER, DOWN FROM $102.1 BIL IN THE JAN-MAR PERIOD *

IT'S THE SMALLEST CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT SINCE AN IMBALANCE OF $87.3 BIL IN THE FINAL THREE MONTHS OF LAST YEAR *

COUNCIL OF SAUDI RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS ISSUES A RULING CALLING TERRORISM A "HEINOUS CRIME," AND SAYS PERPETRATORS DESERVE TO BE PUNISHED ACCORDING TO ISLAMIC LAW *

THE COUNCIL SAYS IT BACKS THE KINGDOM'S EFFORTS TO TRACK DOWN FOLLOWERS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE AS WELL AS AL QAEDA *

THE GOVT-APPOINTED SCHOLARS ARE SEEN AS GUARDIANS OF THE KINGDOM'S ULTRACONSERVATIVE WAHHABI SECT OF ISLAM *

AT LEAST 15 CHILDREN DIE AFTER RECEIVING VACCINATIONS IN SYRIA'S NW REBEL-HELD PROVINCE OF IDLIB *

THE CHILDREN ALL EXHIBITED SIGNS OF "SEVERE ALLERGIC SHOCK" ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER RECEIVING A SECOND ROUND OF MEASLES VACCINATIONS *

IT'S UNCLEAR WHAT KILLED THEM *

MEANWHILE, THE DEATH TOLL FROM GOVT AIRSTRIKES ON IN THE OPPOSITION-HELD CITY OF TALBISEH CLIMBED TO NEARLY 50 AS GOVT FORCES TARGETED A REBEL COMMANDER *

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ESTIMATE 199,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR *

MEXICAN GOVT AIRLIFTS THOUSANDS OF STRANDED TOURISTS OUT OF THE STORM-BATTERED RESORT OF LOS CABOS, WHERE THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS REMAIN WITHOUT POWER AND DRINKING WATER *

THERE ARE ALSO SCATTERED REPORTS OF LOOTING *

MEANWHILE, REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM ODILE, WHICH HIT THE BAJA PENINSULA AS A CAT-3 HURRICANE, ARE HEADING TOWARD AZ AND NM *

FORECASTERS WARN THAT SOME AREAS GET UP TO NINE INCHES OF RAIN *

CHINESE GOVT HACKERS HAVE REPEATEDLY INFILTRATED COMPUTER SYSTEMS OF U.S. AIRLINES, TECH COMPANIES AND OTHER FIRMS, SENATE REPORT FINDS *

A YR-LONG PROBE BY THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES CMTE FOUND THAT THE MILITARY'S U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND (TRANSCOM) WAS AWARE OF ONLY TWO OF AT LEAST 20 CYBER INTRUSIONS *

IN MAY, U.S. AUTHORITIES CHARGED FIVE CHINESE MILITARY OFFICERS OF HACKING INTO AMERICAN NUCLEAR, METAL AND SOLAR COMPANIES TO STEAL TRADE SECRETS *

A FRENCH VOLUNTEER WORKING FOR DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS IN LIBERIA CONTRACTS EBOLA *

THE VOLUNTEER IS THE FIRST FRENCH NATIONAL TO CATCH THE DISEASE IN THE CURRENT OUTBREAK *

SHE WAS QUARANTINED YESTERDAY WHEN THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF THE ILLNESS APPEARED...SHE WILL BE EVACUATED TO A SPECIALIZED TREATMENT CENTER IN FRANCE *