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An aide to Mr. Romney confirms that a trip is being planned. No details are immediately available about exactly when and where the candidate will visit.

A trip to Israel would be designed in part to help Mr. Romney shore up support among Jewish voters, evangelical voters and conservatives.

During the Republican presidential primary, Mr. Romney accused President Obama of throwing Israel, in his words, “under the bus.” Mr. Romney has also said that his policy toward the Jewish state would be the opposite of Mr. Obama’s.

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Obama offers condolences in firefighting plane crash

President Obama is expressing condolences to families of North Carolina Air National Guard crew members who died in a crash while fighting fires in South Dakota.

Mr. Obama said in a statement Monday the incident was still under investigation and offered no details about the circumstances of the crash.

He voiced concern for the well-being of survivors.

The military cargo plane crashed Sunday while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The plane had six crew members aboard. Authorities said it crashed after dropping fire retardant.

The crash occurred two days after Mr. Obama visited the scene of wildfire damage in Colorado.

In his statement Monday, Mr. Obama praised those battling fires across the West, saying they were putting their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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